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Where to party on the Fourth of July

Take in the fireworks aboard a Classic Harbor

Take in the fireworks aboard a Classic Harbor cruise. Credit: Take in the fireworks aboard a Classic Harbor cruise.

With extreme weather conditions and landmark political decisions galore, this has been a milestone year for Uncle Sam. He deserves a celebration, and so do you. Whether you’re out for a drink on the harbor or dancing on a rooftop, there are plenty of festivities to keep everyone busy before fireworks light the sky.

For those who can’t make it out to Coney Island, Takeru “Kobi” Kobayashi (hailed by many as the world’s greatest eater) and seven other competitive-eating stars will face off at an outdoor Hot Dog Eating Contest at the Eventi Hotel Plaza. Featuring hot dogs and other American fare galore, including the debut of “Kobi Dogs.” (noon, FREE, Eventi Hotel, 851 Sixth Ave., 212-564-4567)

Party like it’s 1776 at the New-York Historical Society’s Independence Day Celebration. Benjamin Franklin himself (wink) will make an appearance, but don’t count on snagging him as a partner for the scavenger hunt. (10 a.m., FREE for children under 18, $15 for adults, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 212- 873-3400)

Pay tribute to the Jazz Age on the Queen of Hearts, a riverboat on the banks of Old Manhattan. Fresh off the success of his Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra will host The Riverboat Ball with 1920s jazz performances, as fireworks light the sky. (6 p.m., $200, must book in advance, Pier 78, W. 38th St. at 12th Ave.,

Help churn old-style ice cream, or go head-to-head with Colonial pie chefs at Historic Richmond Town’s Independence Day Party. Best of all, chat up the villagers walking around in 1800s garb. (11 a.m., $8, Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island,

The New York Philharmonic’s Star-Spangled Celebration will feature a repertoire of patriotic classics, from Copland’s “Rodeo” to Sousa’s “The Liberty Bell.” (3 p.m., $34-$55, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza,

The banks of the Hudson River will play host to an exclusive Fireworks Viewing Party on Pier 83, complete with live DJ, dinner and drinks and a front-seat view of a 40,000-explosion fireworks show. (7:30 p.m., $99, Pier 83, W. 42nd St. and 12th Ave.)

For less outdoorsy festivities, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is offering a view of the fireworks at the Plunge Rooftop bar, where partygoers can toast Uncle Sam with specialty red, white and blue cocktails. ($50-$250, Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Ave., 212-206-6700)

Laugh off America’s problems with the People’s Improv Theater at the Third Annual Indie-Pendence Day Festival, featuring improv shows, live music and a potluck barbecue. A new show starts every hour. (11 a.m.-midnight, $5 per show/$20 for the day, The Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E. 24th St.,

The Rockabilly Night Market gives a nod to a genre of music that blends country and western and rhythm and blues. The event includes a vintage and craft market, burlesque, a photo booth and a vintage car show. (7 p.m. $10-$15, SRB Brooklyn, 177 Second Ave., Gowanus,

Nothing says Americana like a rooftop barbecue. Hotel Chantelle will offer that, and more, at their Independence Day celebration. (3 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St.,

If the sea is your calling, watch the Independence Day fireworks on a Classic Harbor boat on the Hudson River. Each schooner or yacht is complete with an open bar and a seaside view of the skyline. (various starting times, $326-$426, Pier 62, Hudson River Park, 212-913-9991, 

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