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Cheap and Free NYC July 4th Events! Happy Fourth NYC!

By Cheapchicknyc
Think there's nothing going on in NYC on or around the 4th that doesn't cost $100+? Think again, the Cheap Chick has you covered! Here are cheap and free July 4th NYC Events! Happy Fourth of July!
June 28, 2012
Get into the spirit of the holiday with wine at the Red, White and Bubbly Independence Day Tasting! “Michel Abood from Vinotas Selections will be pouring 3 deliciously affordable wines: a pink bubbly and a crisp white from the Loire Valley in France and a lovely red from northeastern Spain. Best of all, these wines are all under $20 (heck, the red's under $10!).” 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Millesima, 1355 2nd Avenue, cost: free!
Tuesday July 3, 2012
Support Team USA by watching a 6,000-square- foot flag created by using real Americans’ stories of what the flag means to them, being unfurled! Sponsored by Tide, SMASH star Katherine McPhee will also lend a hand to the festivities, 8 am. to 8 p.m., (Ms. McPhee will make an appearance around noon), Bryant Park, cost: free!
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Oooh, aaaahh, ohhhhh, watch the Macy’s fireworks over the Hudson River! Fireworks start at 9 p.m., cost: free!
Can you ever really eat enough hot dogs? Find out at the 97th annual Nathan’s Famous hotdog eating contest! 3 p.m., Nathan’s Coney Island, corner of Surf and Stillwell, cost: free!
Uh-oh looks like Nathan’s may have some competition this year, Crif Dogs is hosting its own first-ever Crif Dog Classic with Takeru Kobayashi! Watch out Nathan’s, they’ve got “live music and celebrity guests” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Roberta’s, 261 Moore Street, Bushwick, cost: $10, buy tkts here!
Celebrate America in film with all “the diversity, daring, and charm of our country, in a program of short films that is funny, revelatory, dramatic and All-American,” 7 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, Vernon Blvd. bet. Broadway and 30 Dr. Queens, cost: free!
Join Jim Kaplan in the wee hours to learn about New York City’s role in the American Revolution during the 10th Annual Nighttime Walking Tour of Revolutionary War New York sponsored by Fraunces Tavern Museum, 2 a.m. – 6 a.m., assume you meet at the museum, but double-check, 54 Pearl Street, cost: $20, buy tkts here!
Still something you need to know about Satchmo? Observe his birthday and take a tour of his house, which includes artifacts, rare recordings, and interesting factoids! Plus free cupcakes for visitors under 12! 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., the guided 40-minute historic house tours start every hour on the hour (last tour of the day starts at 4 p.m.), Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, Queens, cost: $10! (*Cheap Chick Recommends)
Get some exercise in before the big show with Discovery Walking Tour’s Pre-Fireworks Presidential Greenwich and Gramercy Park! “A historical walking tour of both neighborhoods, with special stops at places associated with some early presidents, including Lincoln, Roosevelt, FDR, Wilson and Washington. Stops include the Washington Square Arch and Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace.” 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., (The 5 p.m. tour ends at the drive at 7:30 p.m. in time to secure a spot for fireworks viewing.) Call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place, cost $20!
I hear that both the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees are playing at in the city today, get $1 beers+$10 Pitchers, beer pong, flip cup, $5 Jager shots, 50 cent wings, and $2 Sliders at Turtle Bay, Deborah Davis plays the Blue Note, and the Roots & Ruckus show is playing @ the Jalopy Theater for free!
Red Hook Lobster Pound marks National Lobster Day on summertime Wednesdays w/a 1.5 lobster, corn, and cole slaw, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Red Hook Lobster Pound, 284 Van Brunt Street, cost: $20 for the food described above!
Learn about America’s humble beginnings as a melting pot with Big Onion’s Immigrant New York walking tour! “This tour explores the experiences of the different immigrant and ethnic populations residing in the Lower East Side from the early 19th century through today. We’ll look at housing, places of worship and street life to see how everyone got along (or didn’t) at different times. Some stops include: the Tweed Courthouse, the African Burial Ground, Five Points, the Bowery, sites associated with Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Jacob Riis, Abraham Cahan, Emma Goldman and many others.” 11 am., meet at the SE corner of Broadway and Chambers St., at City Hall Park, cost: $18!
The American Museum Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MoMA. The hours may be reduced for the holiday, so websites before you go!
Saturday July 7, 2012
Get in the patriotic spirit with an outdoor concert by the Community Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Stars and Stripes Forever Concert conducted by Ray Wheeler at Kingsborough Community College, 8 p.m., 2001 Oriental Blvd at MacKenzie St, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, cost: free!

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