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What Do Fireworks, Baseball and Shakespeare Have in Common?

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After a brutal wave of heat and humidity, it truly feels like summer in New York.

I’ve personally surrendered to the sweat and inevitable sunburns, so I plan to spend my weekend outside watching fireworks, frying on the beach and stealing ribs from anyone I know who owns a grill.

Macy’s, which canceled its massive display last year, plans to launch more than 65,000 fireworks over the East River on Sunday starting at 8 p.m.

Vaccinated spectators can watch from elevated parts of the F.D.R. Drive (there will be entry points at 23rd, 34th and 42nd Streets) and there are plenty of other spots where the fireworks will be visible. Space for disabled viewers will be available at 34th Street. (Check for updates and specifics on health and safety protocols.)

Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City and the South Street Seaport will each offer views of the fireworks from different angles, but it’s worth getting to any of them early to secure a spot. (Or perhaps you’ve got a friend with a river-adjacent rooftop?) Want to pack a picnic? Here are some ideas.

Coney Island will also be hosting a fireworks display around 10 p.m., which can be seen from the boardwalk.

With the Mets currently in first place, there might be fireworks of a different sort this weekend, as the Subway Series gets underway. The Yankees (who are, um, not in first place) and the Mets are playing at Yankee Stadium on Friday and Sunday evening, and Saturday afternoon.

Shakespeare in the Park is also starting up again on Tuesday with a production of “Merry Wives,” which is running through Sept. 18. This year, all tickets, which are free, will be distributed via a digital lottery.

What do you want to hear from us this summer? Are there events or venues we should know about? Send us a note at [email protected], or let us know in the comments.


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