New York

Flo Rida & Shaq Are Headlining a Free Fourth of July Celebration in Jersey City

There are fireworks, food, and more.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to fluctuate rapidly and NYC currently is experiencing a rise in infection rates due to Omicron variants. If you’re venturing out, triple-check safety protocols and be safe out there.

If you’re looking for fireworks and music for the Fourth of July but don’t want to head over to New York City’s East River, there’s another option on the Hudson.

Jersey City recently announced the return of its July 4th Celebration event. This year, Flo Rida, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), and Hot 97’s own Funkmaster Flex will provide musical entertainment at a stage near the Exchange Place PATH station.

Following the show, Fireworks by Grucci will provide a fireworks display from two barges on the Hudson River around 9:30 pm. Patrons can view the display from the Hudson River Walkway, Liberty State Park, Jersey City Heights, or even certain areas of lower Manhattan along the Hudson River. Patrons are encouraged to arrive by public transportation, foot, or bicycle, as there will be limited parking.

The celebration has drawn an estimated 150,000 people in previous years, with past headliners including Snoop Dogg, Akon, and Pitbull.

For more information about this year’s celebration, visit the event’s website.

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Chris Mench is an editor focusing on NYC News at Thrillist. You can follow him on Twitter for more of his work.

New York

Get Free Citi Bike Passes This Weekend for the Return of NYC's Summer Streets

The annual car-free event kicks off on August 6.

Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets

New York’s favorite car-free event is back.

On August 6 and for the next two consecutive Saturdays (August 13 and August 20), Summer Streets will take over Park Avenue for a day of arts, culture, and, most importantly, no cars from 7 am–1 pm. Aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to celebrate the city’s streets in a more sustainable way, the annual car-free event will welcome participants to run, walk, play, and even bike along the route.

For the occasion, Citi Bike will be giving away free day passes on the first day of the event, on August 6. By using the code SUMMER22 in the Citi Bike app, New Yorkers will receive unlimited 30-minute rides on a classic Citi Bike for 24 hours, and will be able to join the Summer Streets celebration while helping out the environment.

Summer Streets will stretch along Park Avenue between the Brooklyn Bridge and East Harlem, and along the route, it will feature several wind-down areas, dubbed “Rest Stops.” Free performances, events, and art installations will take place there, and visitors will get the chance to find their favorite rest stop to have some fun.

At the Lafayette Street Rest Stop, between Duane and Worth Streets, Unlimited Biking will be providing free bike rentals for those participating in the Summer Streets event. There will be 100 complimentary bikes at three rest stops along the way. At Foley Square, a Topo Chico Beverage Zone will take over on August 6, and guests will be able to enjoy a DJ set from 10 am–1 pm for a proper dance party. Visitors can also choose to head over to the Fitness Class Stage in Cooper Square (between Wanamaker Place and 8th Street), where fitness classes will be open to anyone looking to get some movement in.

Summer Streets is free for anyone to attend. For more information and to check out a full list of event and performances, you can visit the Summer Streets website.

Here’s a map of this year’s route:

Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT

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