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NEW YORK: Four Ways to Celebrate Independence Day like a New Yorker

Independence Day commemorates a historical disruption, a day where forward-thinking founders seized insight and action to create our country. This was way before Kickstarter, but our scrappy startup nation is still going strong centuries later. Celebrate with these four fun Fourth of July activities you can only enjoy in NYC!

Ice Cream at 10 Below
One of NYC and the USA’s greatest assets is its cultural diversity. On this warm Independence Day afternoon, treat yourself to 10 Below. Named after the temperature of the advanced cold plate used to craft their cream, they create fresh ice cream in under two minutes right in front of your eyes. The ultra-cold plate technology creates smaller ice molecules, making for a naturally smoother and creamier texture that is enhanced by Asian flavors, and then served in delectably beautiful Thai-style rolls. For a few more incredible ice cream suggestions, click here.

Indiefest at The PIT
Stop by this 12-hour performance marathon if you’re in the mood for live music, inventive comedy, beer, and free barbecue. It’s a festival of independent NYC performers, perfect for those looking to laugh, dance, and eat their way through a fun-filled Independence Day.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 100 Year Anniversary
Every New Yorker is familiar with Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and their annual appetite gauntlet every Independence Day. If you’ve never made the trip out to Coney Island for the contest, 2016 is the one hundred year anniversary, so it’s the perfect time to get your buns out there and celebrate with a bite! And if you’re looking carefully, you might even spot some locations from #DisruptSTORY’s partner Mr. Robot. For a look into more locations from the show, click here.

Macy’s Fireworks 40th Anniversary on an Eco-Friendly Cruise
The pyrotechnic displays of the Macy’s Firework Show are unbeatable, with over 40,000 individual fireworks choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score – And 2016 is the event’s forty-year anniversary, so the buzz is that there’s something special in store. For one of the best views available, board the Hornblower Hybrid. It’s an eco-friendly yacht that will cruise to a spectacular vantage point while serving classic American picnic cuisine and pouring celebratory libations all night from an open bar.