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How to Make the Most of This July 4th, a Weird Midweek Holiday

A free Wednesday in NYC? Could be worse!

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Grange

So yeah, it’s a bummer that the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year. How can we sleep off our barbecue and beer benders when we have to report for work bright and early on Thursday? BUT, we actually think we can make this Wacky Wednesday work. A midweek holiday gives us the chance to do some of the NYC stuff we’ve been meaning to do for ages. Haven’t been to The Met Cloisters in years? Now’s your chance. Been meaning to try that new Vietnamese place? Do it. Need more inspiration for your random day off? Sure thing.

  1. Float in a cloud of kites on Governors Island. Jacob Hashimoto’s first major public art exhibition in the city features two pieces: The Eclipse envelops viewers in a fog of thousands of rice-paper kites in St. Cornelius Chapel, while Never Comes Tomorrow is a scattering of more than 100 wood cubes and steel funnels in the Liggett Hall archway.
  2. Take pride in our city’s rich Mexican culture with a taco tasting tour of underrated bodegas, taquerias, and food trucks.

    Photo by David L/Yelp
  3. Immerse yourself in the cultures that make our country truly great and take a walking tour of Flushing, Woodside, and Little Italy.
  4. Wouldn’t it be nice if Will Smith could save us right about now? Watch Independence Day on a loop all day at Videology.
  5. More of a proper film buff? Camp out inside the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s generously AC’ed Walter Reade Theater all day during the New York Asian Film Festival.
  6. Contrary to what some people believe, Africa is not a country. Celebrate the continent in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park during the 45th annual International African Arts Festival.
  7. Learn how to zipline with the entire clan  at the Bronx Zoo. Hey, you never know when that skill will come in handy.

    Photo Courtesy of the Bronx Zoo
  8. Wednesday is going to be the perfect weather for alfresco libations. Head over to one of our fave rooftop bars or outdoor beer gardens and bask in those work-free Wednesday vibes.

    Photo courtesy of The Heights at Arlo NoMad
  9. Head to rock-rock-rock Rockaway Beach for some sun, surf, and a new Yayoi Kusama exhibition.
  10. Pull out those dancing shoes from the back of your closet. Mambo under the stars (and maybe some fireworks) with members of Tito Puente’s original band.
  11. Take the quick trip to Industry City like you’ve been meaning to do for ages. Grab a Thai-spiced lobster roll, play a few rounds of mini golf, and check out the visionary M.C. Escher exhibition

    Photo courtesy of The Frying Pan Brooklyn
  12. Relive your summer camp days at a Downtown Brooklyn urban garden. Brooklyn Grange will be equipped with necessities like s’mores, arts & crafts, and a talent show. (Tube socks are optional, but fully encouraged.)
  13. Prep your body for the meat sweats. Throw it down the Bushwick way at Brooklyn Cider House, where they’ll be roasting up a full suckling pig on their outdoor deck; or head to Red Hook for the best pit-smoked ‘cue in the city.

    Photo by Michael Tulipan/Courtesy of Brooklyn Cider House
  14. It’s going to be a good day for stars and Yankee pinstripes; they’re playing the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 p.m.
  15. Have a proper Sunday Funday….on a Wednesday. Local gems like Jacob’s Pickles, The Spaniard, Sunday in Brooklyn, and Parklife will be open for mid-week brunching and day drinking.

    Photo courtesy of Sunday in Brooklyn/Facebook
  16. Or, just escape from New York without leaving New York. Wave Hill’s floras, zen-filled gardens, and views of the Hudson River feels more like being in an upstate town than the Bronx.

    Photo courtesy of Wave Hill

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