18 The Courier sun • JULY 3, 2014 for breaking news visit www.couriersun.com Dragon Boat race recruiting rowers The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is seeking teams to compete in the largest festival of its kind in the US and the largest multicultural festival in the city. Organizers expect more than 180 teams to compete in the 24th annual race, to be held Aug. 9 and 10. All that is needed to register is a team of 10 people, and there is no experience needed. Once registered, teams are encouraged to go to Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for practice sessions, where they will be provided with an experienced coach to guide them. To register and for more information visit www.hkdbf-ny.org. Photo courtesy of Macy’s THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata QUEENS CELEBRATES THE FOURTH BY QUEENS COURIER STAF Friday makes the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and, weather permitting, Queens residents can celebrate the country’s birthday with a boom. The Macy’s fireworks extravaganza has moved back to the East River after a five-year hiatus, but the show is centered downriver in Brooklyn. Still, there are many spots to view the fireworks — but not all of them are free. Z Hotel in Long Island City is selling tickets to watch the fireworks show from their rooftop lounge. Tickets go for $66.56 for kids and $166.03 for adults. On Center Boulevard, LIC Landing by Coffeed will be hosting an all-you-can-eat barbecue with a view of the fireworks for $100 a ticket. The Starstream VIII, which sails from the Flushing Marina, is having a waterborne viewing party that includes dinner and a cash bar for $125. Cheaper options include Resorts World Casino, which is hosting a free viewing event at Bar360 and on their sixth-floor parking lot. Another free option is the Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City on the East River. And baseball fans will be treated to a fireworks display at Citi Field as the Mets host the Texas Rangers. But the baseball may be a washout and the fireworks may fizzle as a tropical storm was building in the Carolinas and preparing to make a run up the coast earlier in the week.
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