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Hot Dog Eating Contests, Lady Liberty’s Little Sister and More Things to Do This Fourth of July in Jersey City and New York City

The Fourth of July is almost here and to help celebrate, we’ve collected some of the best local happenings that go beyond the evening’s fireworks. 

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Last year, Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest wasn’t exactly the party it usually is. It took place in a private location with no fans in attendance. But this year, Nathan’s isn’t holding back. While the traditional location for the contest is held near the flagship store on Coney Island, this year, the contest will be held just one block away at Maimonides Park.

This year’s event is completely free but you’ll have to find tickets, which typically go fast. Doors open at 10 a.m. with the women’s competition beginning at 11 a.m. followed by the men at 12:30 p.m.

Lady Liberty’s Little Sister

This July 1-4, 2022, history will be made as the Statue of Liberty’s original plaster model from 1878 will finally make its way to New York City.

The 9-foot-tall bronze model was created by Auguste Bartholdi and will soon take its place on Ellis Island just across from her “sister” Lady Liberty. This will be the first time in 135 years that the sisters will be reunited.  Learn more.

Flo Rida, Shaq (DJ Diesel), Funk Flex concert

Before the fireworks kick off at Exchange Place in Jersey City, be sure to experience this year’s musical performances including Shaquille O’Neil a.k.a. DJ Diesel and Funk Flex. Of course, don’t miss the headliner Flo Rida too. The event is expected to draw over 150,000 attendees.