What to do in NYC July 1 - 7

By: Sarah Funk

Holidays always add more excitement to the week! Here are my top picks of the best trending events, parties, museum exhibitions, and entertainment to check out for July 1– 7. Looking for the best place to watch the 4th of July fireworks in New York? Then read my article all about it here.

Photo by Jason Gonzalez

Photo by Jason Gonzalez

Food & Drink

Folksbier Brewery

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

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Folksbier is an excellent craft brewery based in Carroll Gardens. It is known for its old-world style beers made using modern, innovative techniques. Their in-demand brews are carried in many of the city’s best restaurants and beer bars. They have have 6 beers on tap. I recommend trying the Berliner Weisse-style ale and the double IPA called Batch 001.

Folksbier’s big news is that due to demand for their beer, they have just tripled their production capacity and installed all new state-of-the-art equipment at their brewing facility and tasting room. I visited their brewery last week, took a tour of the facility, and tried their beers. The atmosphere of brewery and tasting room is gorgeous and airy, with large glass windows that open up to the street, filling the room with light. The seating space has handcrafted wooden stools made by the owners father.

It is also a rare brewery that serves excellent food. Inside they have the Comadre Cocina, which is led by Chef Zack. Zack is among the few chefs in NYC who grind heirloom corn with volcanic stones to make tortillas and tamales, getting his ingredients from his mother, who lives in Oaxaca. I highly recommend the guacamole. It was as authentic as it gets (and that means a lot because I’m used to Luis’ guacamole from Guatemala).

Upright new york

Brewery and cocktail bar

West Village, Manhattan

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This beloved West Village drinking spot prides itself in its highly curated list of the best American craft beers as well as being a charming neighborhood gathering place. They recently received a liquor license and now offer a robust, creative menu of cocktails. They will have a variety of a la minute and draft cocktails such as the Money Penny (gin, Contratto bianco, Fino sherry, elderflower liqueur + grapefruit bitters) and the Dancing Bear (bourbon, apricot liqueur, lemon cordial + egg whites). When I visited I ordered the Dancing Bear. It came with five colorful gummy bears on top to celebrate pride month. It was such a fun touch!

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The interior has also gotten a refresh, as well as the revamped culinary menu from consulting chef Philip Kirschen-Clark (The Milling Room, Café Cluny, Mother’s Ruin) with highlights including Lump Crab + Roasted Tomato Dip served with Old Bay pita chips; Burrata Toast, a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich and a decadent French Onion Grilled Cheese. Upright will also serve classics such as the signature Upright burger, buffalo wings, pretzel bites, and seasonal desserts. This is a great spot to visit for after work happy hour!

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Dates: July 1-7

Time: 11:30am-3:30pm

Location: The Wright at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (88th Street), NY, NY 10128 

“Celebrate July 4th all week at The Wright with our America Seafood Boil! Featuring Long Island clams, Gulf shrimp, mussels, and Louisiana crawfish. Served with new potatoes, sweet corn, garlic butter and Chef Alejandro’s house-made cocktail sauce. Sample our selection of local beers to pair will the boil! Come join us July 1 to July 7 to enjoy this special treat.” – The Guggenheim

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Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash


Date: July 4th

Time: 10:45am-12:30pm

Price: FREE

Location: Coney Island, corner of Surf and Stillwell

What screams America more than the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest? Be a part of the excitement in person! “You’ve been following the qualifiers. You’ve got the countdown on your phone. What’s next? Making a trip to Coney Island to see the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest live!” – Nathan’s

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Date: July 4th

Time: 6-9pm

Price: FREE

Location: Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY

Looking for something unique to do on the 4th of July? “Hear the sweet sounds of the Staten Island Philharmonic on the lawn of Clear Comfort followed by viewing citywide fireworks displays from the waterfront.” – Alice Austen House Museum

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Date: July 4th

Time: 9:30-10pm

Price: $30

Head up north of NYC to Rye, NY and visit Playland for a fireworks show. “Watch the Playland sky light up with a dazzling display of color and glittering explosions all set to heart pounding music.” Playland is not only an amusement park, but also has a pool, a beach, a boardwalk, miniature golf, and an ice skating rink. “Playland Park has been in operation since 1928, through the years, it has managed to maintain the original charm from the turn of the century.” – Playland 

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Date: July 4th

Time: 12pm - 10pm

Price: $10+

Location: Exchange Place at Montgomery & Hudson, Jersey City, NJ

Head over to the other side of the river and check out the 50 Star Fire Show in Jersey City. An all-day event, there will be music, a carnival, tons of food and drink, and the main event – the largest fireworks display in the state!

“The 6th Annual Jersey City Fourth of July celebration, 50 Star Fire Show promises to be an incredible community event attended by more than 150,000 revelers from the metropolitan area. The epic full-day affair is taking place at Exchange Place on the waterfront in Jersey City, NJ, for the second year. The City is gearing up with activities and excitement for the entire family. The Fire Show will culminate with an extraordinary pyrotechnic performance by Grucci set against a stunning backdrop of the striking New York City skyline.” – 50 Star Fire Show

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July 4th

4:00pm-11pm |  $10+

1412 Broadway, NY, NY 10018

“Spend this 4th of July at the lavish Elsie Rooftop Located on the 25th floor penthouse near Bryant Park. Elsie is truly an all-season destination with stylish indoor and outdoor seating options. Offering breathtaking views, special cocktail menu, Hundreds of Young Professionals, guest DJs sets and amazing experience. Purchase your tickets and reserve tables in advance to avoid lines.” - Elsie

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July 4th 

7:30pm-11:30pm | $40

145 East 39th Street, NY, NY 10016

Looking for something fun to do on the 4th of July? Celebrate and watch fireworks on a rooftop! “Come join the party as we celebrate our annual 4th of July Rooftop Party! Armed with some of the best views of the city and some of the best margaritas, the only thing missing from this party is you. Tickets for general access are $40 per person. All tables are available on a first come first served basis, tickets guarantee standing room only.” – Empellon

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now – September 2

Ticket price information here

“As part of a new series of contemporary installations, The Met presents the world premiere of a major new work: Death Is Elsewhere (2019), a seven-channel video installation by the acclaimed Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Provocatively rethinking the possibilities for performance and video art, Kjartansson makes work in which he simultaneously evokes Romantic clichés while using irony, nihilism, and absurdity to undermine them.” – The Met

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Now – September 22 | $25

99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014 

“The Whitney Biennial is an unmissable event for anyone interested in finding out what’s happening in art today. Curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley have been visiting artists over the past year in search of the most important and relevant work. Featuring seventy-five artists and collectives working in painting, sculpture, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound, the 2019 Biennial takes the pulse of the contemporary artistic moment. Introduced by the Museum’s founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, the Biennial is the longest-running exhibition in the country to chart the latest developments in American art.” – The Whitney 

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The Shed, 545 West 30th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), NY, NY 10001

Now – July 27 | $25+

“A kung fu musical co-conceived by Chen Shi-Zheng and Kung Fu Panda’s Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, with songs by Sia and choreography by Akram Khan. Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise tells the story of a secret sect in Flushing, Queens, that possesses the magical power to extend human life, and the twin brother and sister caught in the struggle to control it. Fast-paced martial arts combat and balletic dance sequences unfold in front of, around, and above the audience in this original production.” – The Shed

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Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre: Laura Pels Theatre

111 West 46th Street, (between 6th and 7th Avenues), NY, NY

Now – August 11 | $79+

Toni Stone is based on the book Curveball, The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone by Martha Ackmann. New York has a brand-new heroine—and a big new hit. Lydia Diamond’s new play—the New York Times Critic’s Pick—knocks it out of the park with an intensely theatrical glimpse into the world of the first woman to go pro in baseball’s Negro Leagues. Obie Award winner April Matthis leads the cast of this funny and fascinating story of race, gender, ambition…and an unremembered superstar you’ll never forget.” – Roundabout Theatre

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