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5 Very American Shows to See Over Your 4th of July Holiday

Don't worry, we didn't bother including Hamilton.

Obviously, Hamilton is the most patriotic musical in New York…and potentially the world. But we know there's no way you're getting a ticket this July 4th (unless you have at any point been President of the United States). So here are five other options that may suit your all-American theatergoing needs this Independence Day.

Liberty, a Monumental New Musical

A scene from Liberty: A Monumental New Musical at 42West.
(© Russ Rowland)

If you're looking for an on-theme theater option for your 4th of July holiday, this musical homage to the Statue of Liberty is a show for the whole family. Wrapped in a digestible 80-minute package, Liberty offers an imagined account of Lady Liberty's arrival in America and subsequent struggle to gain acceptance in her new country. The election news cycle may have turned you into a cynic, but why not spend an hour and a half on Independence Day revisiting our American ideals?

On Your Feet!
Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra enjoy a fireworks display in On Your Feet! at the Marquis Theatre.
(© Matthew Murphy)

On Your Feet! has more fireworks than any other show on Broadway. Not only do its stars Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra create sparks with their chemistry as Gloria and Emilio Estefan, but one of the musical's most romantic scenes takes place on our nation's birthday. Plus, nothing says USA better than immigrants living the American dream (as even Lady Liberty will attest to).

Keala Settle, Jessie Mueller, and Kimiko Glenn in the new Broadway musical Waitress.
(© Joan Marcus)

You know what's as American as apple pie? Pomatter Pie, baked by expert pie-tress Jenna for her gynecologist/extramarital love interest Dr. Pomatter. We're not claiming to have patriotic feelings toward infidelity — but if there's one thing we learn from the ladies of Sara Bareilles' debut Broadway musical, it's that there's no shame in running a few red lights. And hey, isn't that how America got its start ?

New York Spectacular
Danny Gardner in rehearsal for the New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

As Hamilton teaches us, before Washington, D.C., was the capital of the United States, New York City was. So to pay proper tribute to our nation's birth, the authentic thing to do is visit the New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. The story even follows a family of tourists who get separated from one another during their sightseeing adventures — so it's likely to mirror your personal experience.

The Amazing Max
The Amazing Max performs his family-friendly magic show at 42West.
(© David Gordon)

Americans love magic. Just ask Laura Benanti. So seeing a magic show is one of the most red-white-and-blue things you could do this 4th. The Amazing Max will provide just the kind of enchanted flare kids of all ages will appreciate.