As always, the main event on July 4 is the Macy’s fireworks — which are back on the East River this year, for prime Brooklyn viewing. But there are other things to do in the borough on Independence Day, if you’re not headed to someone’s beach house. Here are 10, free unless otherwise noted:
Watch professional speed-eaters stuff themselves at the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest in Coney Island. Will Joey “Jaws” Chestnut rack up his ninth straight title? Women’s event starts at 11 a.m., followed by men at 12:40, by Nathan’s on Stillwell Avenue.