Events for July 4, 2007

10 a.m. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin help usher in July 4th at a New-York Historical Society reenactment, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street.

10:30 a.m. An Independence Day picnic-style meal for the homeless is held at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, 296 Ninth Avenue at 28th Street.

10:30 a.m. A 700-pound block of Cheez-it cheddar cheese is impressive on its own merit. But carved to look like Mount Rushmore? Wow. See it for yourself at the unveiling tomorrow at Grand Central Terminal.

12 p.m. Two world champion competitive eaters — one of whom is suffering from a jaw injury — face off with scores of others at the
Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Nathan's Famous, 1310 Surf Avenue., Coney Island, Brooklyn. (Pre-event festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. and the contest itself begins at 12:40 p.m.)

8:30 p.m. Independence Day Party held at the Empire State Building's Observatory, 350 Fifth Avenue.

9 p.m. The 31st annual Macy's July 4th Fireworks, the East River between 23rd and 42nd street and South Street Seaport.