Happy 4th of July!
July is here at last, and outdoor fun is pretty much baked in. Independence day crackles with fireworks displays and, for those less inclined toward sonic booms, noise-free activities!
This weekend's al fresco options include a Water Festival on the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, a Lou Gallo musical storytime in Bryant Park, using books to create architectural sculptures at Socrates Sculpture Park, an outdoor screening of the Women's World Cup finals in Brooklyn, a Suzi Shelton concert for kids in Fort Greene Park, and a wildlife tour of the Highline focusing on pollinators and migratory birds. If you're still feeling a bit post-July 4 revolutionary, don't miss the opportunity to hang out with George Washington in his campaign tent on the upper West side!
Looking for something cool and indoors? It's Beatles week at Industry City's Rock and Roll Playhouse in Brooklyn, take little ones to see the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre version of Puss in Boots, or check out the PuppetWorks double-header: Peter and the Wolf and The Frog Prince. Plus there's still time to visit the Paley Center's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles celebration (it ends next weekend).
Don't forget to check our list of water playgrounds and sprinklers if you're looking for another way to cool down (or just have a kid who loves a good splash). Or take the family out of New York City altogether to pick berries or go camping.
For more fun, consult our complete July GoList, our packed Summer Fun Guide, and our fun-filled Event Calendar.