Posted in To Do | music on July 1, 2009

July 4th

Advice for attending July 4th fireworks: arrive early and expect crowds [Everything Hudson]
Another piece of advice -- be in New Jersey or Manhattan. This year's Macy's 4th of July fireworks are going to be located in the Hudson River only, so spots in Brooklyn and Queens won't have a very good view (if any). They kick off at 9pm. Viewing locations HERE.

What are you doing on the 4th? Below we've listed a bunch of other options if you'll be in NYC (and a few if you want to leave)...

SmurfsThe biggest NYC show is probably Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band with Jenny Lewis at Battery Park (3:30pm). The annual free show is hosted by the River to River Fest. "This event is not ticketed, but space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis."

Across the river, The Feelies play Maxwell's. That's part of a three-night run at the venue, which starts Thursday, July 2nd.

In Brooklyn, the Afro-Punk Festival kicks off its three days of music at GGMC Car Park on the corner of Lafayette & Flatbush Aves. Saturday's headliner is Whole Wheat Bread. Highlights from the fest's Sunday and Monday lineups include Living Colour, Earl Greyhound, Janelle Monae and Saul Williams.

Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest will be in its second day at 979 Broadway Backyard (the great space that hosted Dan Deacon in May). The Fest's Saturday lineup includes Psychedelic Horseshit, Thee Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, Kurt Vile, Woods and The Beets. Read more about the bands playing in Bill's Week In Indie.

After that, there's an afterparty show at the Market Hotel with ONADDES (listed as 'tentative'), The Fresh & Onlys, Pink Reason and Babies (featuring mems Woods, Vivian Girls, Bossy).

Tom and JerryUnion Pool is having a big party hosted by Panache and New York Night Train. Stalkers, The Weight, K-Holes, Electric Shadows, Ex-Humans, Netherlands, Fresh Kills, The Hunt, Sorceress, Alana Amram and the Rough Gems, Headless Hookers, X-Ray Eyeballs, Jadewalkers, Daddy Longlegs, Georgiana Starlington, Esque, Screens, Foster Care, Lovestruck, Outta Controllers, Miracles of Modern Science, Dinowalrus are all on the bill.

Earlier in the day, Lit Fuse Bike Shop will hold a 1pm show with Japanther, Ninjasonik, Ghost Mall and Muhammadali.

The Bowery Presents shows seem to be taking the day off, barring a NaNuchKa gig at the Mercury Lounge. Friday night though, they've got Sonic Youth up at United Palace.

Bachelorette is playing the Rooftop Films 4th of July Party at Chelsea Art Museum. The New Zealand band also plays South Street Seaport one night earlier.

Bruar Falls is hosting a wiener party (so is Nathan's in Coney Island... groan). Bands at the Grand St. venue include I'm In You and Sonoi. Sister venue Cake Shop has some bands playing "after the fireworks" as well.

The hot dog eating contest is not the only reason to go to Coney Island on Independence Day. There's the beach, boardwalk, roller coaster, and freak Insectavora performing at Cha Cha's. The Coney Island Sideshow will also be open.

Studio B is closing soon. One of your last chances to party at the club is their Fourth of July Independence Day Blowout. When was the last time you saw Keoki on a bill? Flyer below.

At Avery Fisher Hall, the NY Philharmonic is playing a program titled "Summertime Classics - Born on the Fourth of July".

And finally, a bit of a trip maybe, but the Roots are playing a free 4th of July show in Philadelphia with Sheryl Crow (yikes). There's also the hippie-heavy Rothbury Festival going down in Michigan.

What else?

Studio B

Springsteen - Sandy @ Hammersmith Odeon, 1975

Bruce Springsteen - 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ. 19-9-1978

Bruce Springsteen - Sandy Indianapolis, March 20th 2008

Bruce Springsteen - 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) July 4th, 2008 show in Gothenburg, Sweden

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Comments (39)

woodsist fest!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 8:42 AM

Williamsburg-no view

Jersey City-view

Hipsters-lose out

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 9:10 AM

Looks like Living Colour got removed from the AfroPunk bill. That sucks a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 9:41 AM

ive never been to a river to river show, how early should you show up to get in?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 9:46 AM

People are lining up now for the Conor show, saw some on my way to work this morning.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 9:48 AM

I can't believe I can't watch the fireworks from Queens or the FDR this year!!! who can I complain to about this?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 9:56 AM

"I can't believe I can't watch the fireworks from Queens or the FDR this year!!! who can I complain to about this?"

your mom.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 10:22 AM

Williamsburg - 3 murders in 2009

Jersey City - 26 murders in 2009

Jersey scumtards lose out

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 10:23 AM

"ive never been to a river to river show, how early should you show up to get in?"

hard to tell. on the one hand, you'd think no one with minimal musical taste would want to see conor oberst or jenny lewis, not even for free. on the other hand, i understand there are lots of people out there with less than minimal musical taste, so it might get crowded...


(anyway, after four years of stephen malkmus, belle & sebastian, and sonic youth -- and only one dud in the form of the amazingly dull new pornographers -- this year's show is a real letdown.)

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 10:27 AM

Anon 10:27a : Glad you won't be there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 10:32 AM

I can't believe that BV posted that Simpsons clip about illegal fireworks. Dickheads setting off illegal fireworks in residential areas terrorize pets!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 11:31 AM

@Anon 11:31 Fireworks shouldn't be illegal, they aren't done to terrorize your pets, lighten the fuck up world.

Posted by Pat | July 1, 2009 11:50 AM

that simpsons clip is the best thing in this post.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 12:31 PM

The Feelies are playing at Maxwell's on July 3 & July 4.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 12:43 PM

fireworks are no more annoying in residential areas than your barking dogs!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 12:44 PM

I hope you assholes lose a finger or the hearing in one ear!

Posted by Anon. 11:31 | July 1, 2009 1:03 PM

Anon 10:32 - I'm very glad about that too.

Signed,
Anon 10:27

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 1:10 PM

Cake Shop lineup is great.

4th: MIXTAPE
3rd: PET GHOST PROJECT
2nd: EL JEZEL
1st: QUIET LOUDLY
DRINK SPECIALS & KIM CHEE DOGS!!
$4, 10pm (after the fireworks), 21 and over

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 1:27 PM

The show at Lit Fuse Bike Shop is a benefit show to raise money for a new prosthetic leg!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 1:54 PM

"The Feelies are playing at Maxwell's on July 3 & July 4."

and july 2. Three shows total

"Looks like Living Colour got removed from the AfroPunk bill. "

Thanks, confirmed and updated. Dallas Austin also cancelled.

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 1, 2009 2:14 PM

i hope you motherfuckers get the shit beat out of you!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 9:08 PM

11:31 Terorizing pets

Propper Brooklyn 4th of July as a child consisted of, the older kids stealing a car and burning it in the P.S.22 school yard,as quentin road was commendeered to burn trash cans full of fireworks.
That was a good neighborhood, if you don't like brooklyn leave.

Posted by mike flood | July 2, 2009 2:22 AM

Peelander-Z at Union Docs (last minute addition to 4th of July events)

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Freedom Sounds at UnionDocs July 4th, 3-8PM
UnionDocs is in Brooklyn at 322 Union Ave, www.uniondocs.org

Come to UnionDocs to celebrate July 4 with some great live music and BBQ! The show starts at 3PM and will wrap up at 8PM. We have some fantastic music lined up, including:
MAD-T-SHIRTS (former Peelander-Z!, Now three crazy asian boys from fareast Island with Happee T-shirts) www.myspace.com/peelanderz
GUNFIGHT! (rowdy "post-country"--not quite country, but a medley of different styles, from the cutting guitar tones of Johnny Cash and the playful Louisiana funk of Jerry Reed to the abrasive energy of
punk bands like the Ramones and the post-punk precision of Gang of Four.) www.myspace.com/gunfightband
SUBMARINE SPACESHIP (Art Gallery Massacre from Athens, OH) www.myspace.com/submarinespaceship
SPOOKTOBER (Also from Athens, OH, Casio-punk minimalists dance kids who are like an unedited version of Ghostbusters) www.myspace.com/spooktober

$7 suggested donation for the event, cheap food and drinks available as well. Proceeds will go to benefit UnionDocs screening program, www.uniondocs.org for more information.

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Posted by brooklynvegan | July 2, 2009 9:17 AM

is battery park still byob?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2009 11:01 PM

Looks like it's not BYOB. They'll be searching people for open containers upon entry, according to the River to River site.

Sucks. I was gonna go to Trader Joe's and get a $3 bottle of wine to bring. Now I'll have to drink it before I go in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 8:44 AM

battery part is most definitely NOT byob. you're allowed to bring in non-alcoholic drinks, but they even check the cap on your bottle to make sure that it's sealed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 9:18 AM

In line already. It's packed! They say it's almost full. Better start coming down all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 10:03 AM

Does battery park hit a crowd limit so then you can't get in? I'll see the Oberst for free, but don't want to go this instant. Anyone throwing a BBQ in BK that they want to invite two randoms to? I'll bring the hebrew national.

Posted by PG | July 4, 2009 10:37 AM

so it sounds like it's nearly impossible to have a drink while watching the show. not sure if i'll be going now. thanks for the info.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 11:54 AM

DEATH TO AMERICA!

Posted by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad | July 4, 2009 12:15 PM

you must be lying. I doubt this will be even half full.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 12:55 PM

is anyone at that battery park show yet? is it remotely crowded?

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 2:00 PM

O'DEATH TO AMERICA!

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 3:09 PM

is there a rowdy line at batterpark?

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 3:30 PM

Shit's gonna go BOOM

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 8:37 PM

hyj

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 6:36 PM

Cake Shop lineup is great.

4th: MIXTAPE
3rd: PET GHOST PROJECT
2nd: EL JEZEL
1st: QUIET LOUDLY
DRINK SPECIALS & KIM CHEE DOGS!!
$4, 10pm (after the fireworks), 21 and over

Posted by AlexHeld | January 8, 2013 1:22 PM

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