Independence Day Downtown
Downtown was non-stop action July 4 weekend and that was even before the fireworks at the Seaport and Battery Park City. Lyle Lovett drew thousands to Battery Park for a free afternoon concert July 4., above, while a more local group, the TriBattery Pops, blew their horns for fans at Washington Market Park in Tribeca, opposite page, top and right. Chinatown hosted an Independence Day parade one day early featuring a giant American flag, opposite page. Followers of Falun Gong were allowed to march at the last minute, bottom left.