Fireworks Burst Over New York City On Fourth Of July Fireworks Burst Over New York City On Fourth Of July
WEEHAWKEN, NJ. - JULY 4: The New York City skyline is seen in the distance as fireworks explode over the Hudson River during the Macy's fireworks display July 4, 2009 in Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the first time since 2000 that the Macy's display took place over the Hudson River and not the East River. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Fourth of July Survival Guide

july4th-carouselTo most, the Fourth of July equals fireworks, BBQs, beaches, picnics and festivities galore, but with all the commotion that Independence Day brings, finding the right event that fits your taste can be such a headache. Well, relax. Celebrate sans stress. Break out the sunblock and check out the events you'll be mad you missed this Fourth of July.

Fireworks Burst Over New York City On Fourth Of July

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

Can you even imagine the Fourth of July without fireworks? Macy's is going to take your pyrotechnics to the next level with its Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks. Macy’s will set off more than 40,000 fireworks arranged to a 25-minute patriotic score in celebration of America near the Brooklyn Bridge.

But, we couldn’t just leave you without a vivid view of the show. Here is a list of the best viewing locations thanks to Time Out New York:

Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street, Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place, Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Bridge Promenade

4th of July Endless Summer BBQ at YOTEL 2014

4th of July Endless Summer BBQ at YOTEL 2014

Unlimited barbecue and drinks! One of the sexiest hotels in NYC, YOTEL, is offering up a plate of all you can eat and drink to accompany some beautiful terrace scenery.  If you're looking for fun times on the fourth, look no further than this hot spot. Tickets are available here.

 

 

4th of July at Sky Room

4th of July at Sky Room

New York City’s highest rooftop lounge is welcoming all for its Fourth of July festivities. Sky Room provides a dazzling view of the fireworks from its five terraces. With an open bar, picnic-themed snacks and the best burlesque dancers around, your Fourth of July will come accompanied with some great memories.

Get tickets here.

 

 

Fourth of July Guide: Festivities to Take in for the 4th

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Got a competitive love for food? Check out the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. This competition draws in flocks of spectators each year and is nearly a century-old tradition. Last years winner took the cake—or should we say, hotdog?—by eating 54 dogs in 10 minutes. This tasty tradition is great for all ages.

Second Annual Fourth of July Beach Party

Second Annual Fourth of July Beach Party

The essentials of Independence Day are all here—live music, drinks, food, fireworks and a Coney Island beach view. The Second Annual Fourth of July Beach Party starts at 9am and goes till midnight. Grab all your friends and enjoy this free fiesta!

 

 

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The Liberty Belle Extravaganza

For a vintage-style Independence Day The Salon, Wit's End and Champagne Riot team up for a blowout. The Liberty Belle Extravaganza will be held on two separate rooftops. The downtown affair featuring saucy musical acts will be hosted by Albert Cadabra at the DL, while musical delights come courtesy of Gelber & Manning and the Star-Spangled Orchestra, Dandy Wellington & His Band, Jack Grace Band and The Grand St. Stompers.

Get more info here.

Fourth of July Guide: Festivities for the 4th

Fourth of July Pig Roast

BBQ can cure more than a hunger. Iron Horse and the Wounded Warrior Project team up for its fourth annual pig roast. This Fourth of July Pig Roast is fund-raising picnic to support and rehabilitate injured service members. Wiffle ball, Twister and other games will be available for your enjoyment and of course free burgers, hot dogs, rotisserie hog and sides. A portion of proceeds will go to the nonprofit. For more info click here.

Photo Credits: acordova/ Yana Paskova/Getty Images  Michael Nagle/Getty Images/  Jena Cumbo / Time Out New York

 

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

READ MORE: Kelly Rowland Debuts Smoke x Mirrors Eyewear Collection At Barneys New York

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