For those of us who stayed in town, there’s no need to leave the neighborhood for family (and grown-up!) 4th of July fun. These few  Morningsider picks will keep you celebrating, in grand Harlem style,  from morning ’til the wee hours of the night! happy 4th!

The July 4th Harlem Children’s Parade
 10:00 AM

Please join in on the 3rd annual July 4th Harlem Children’s Parade at Morningside Drive and 115th Street (upper level of Morningside Park).  There will be a free yoga demo for kids by Land Yoga at 10:00 am.  The parade line-up starts at 10:45 am.   Following the parade there will be fire truck and ambulance rides, along with fire hose spray.  Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits!

The Parade owes thanks to the New York City Fire Department, along with sponsors Vince Morgan and Shola Lynch,  HarlemNow, Harlem Park to Park, Land Yoga, and Harlem4Kids. Visit for additional details and to see photos from last year’s parade!

Harlem Tavern


Harlem Tavern’s Spectacular promises fun for the entire family! There will be live music by Ginetta’s Vindetta  from12-4pm, food specials all day, American Craft Beer specials, and face painting, cotton candy, snow cones and more for the kids. Reservations are recommended: 212-866-4500. Harlem Tavern, 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd. @ 116th Street |


Minton‘s 4th of July Celebration:
Harlem Liberation Swing Dance Hosted by Queen Esther and Sam Coleman
8pm – Midnight

Music by JC Hopkins Biggish Band featuring Queen Esther, Charles Turner & King Solomon Hicks with tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman! $25 at the door/$40 VIP (includes 2 complimentary cocktails) or purchase tickets in advance at

Minton’s, 206 West 118th Street |


You may have to get out of Minton’s at midnight, but you certainly don’t have to go home…..The celebration continues at Paris Blues, where the Late Night Jam Session has been revived!

Paris Blues Late Night Jam Session

There’s no cover to enter! Join the band even, if you dare! Paris Blues 2021 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd @ 121st Street |