It's America's birthday, and since it's on a Saturday this year, you have no excuse not to go all-out! There's plenty of patriotic celebrations and 4th of July events, from swanky outdoor parties to bashes on New York's best beaches. After gorging on barbecue or dancing the day away, make sure to find the best spots to watch the 4th of July fireworks.
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The best Fourth of July events
There are few better places to truly gain an appreciation of our war for independence than lower Manhattan. In the wee hours, you'll retrace the steps of prominent Revolutionary War figures, greeting dawn's early light at Trinity Church. The tour starts at Fraunces Tavern Museum, most famous as the spot where George Washington gave his farewell address to his officers in the Continental Army.Read more
Babe Ruth was stuffing his gullet full of hot dogs before games when Joey Chestnut was but a twinkle in his granddad’s eye. So celebrate the century-old association between franks and baseball by sticking around Coney Island after the Nathan’s Famous contest and watching the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Philadelphia Phillies’ A-ball affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters, at MCU Park. (It’s hella cheaper than catching the Yanks—and a blast.) Be sure to stick around for the fireworks display after the ninth.Read more
It has been a half century since jam-band progenitors the Grateful Dead first started truckin’. To celebrate this decidedly American act’s big b-day, the band’s surviving founding members will be joined by Phish’s Trey Anastasio—sitting in for the late Jerry Garcia on guitar—for a trio of shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Fortunately, NYC-based Deadheads don’t have to weep into their bongs, as Brooklyn Bowl will simulcast all of the guitar-noodling good times.Read more
For an all-American country-meets–big-city feel, head to the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This barbecue with a view serves Southern-style comfort like “not-so-hot” fried chicken, smoked pulled pork, collard greens, and baked five-cheese mac and cheese from Bed-Stuy’s Peaches HotHouse. The cookout is followed by a close-up view of the Macy’s fireworks display and a dance party where you can burn off all those finger-lickin’ good calories.
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Celebrate Independence Day with flair at NYC's highest rooftop lounge. From the five terraces you’ll have a dazzling view of the city, though unfortunately not the fireworks. No matter, you’ll see them with the rest of the country live from the multiple screens as you enjoy the atmosphere. Get tipsy at the open bar and eat all the picnic-themed snacks you desire, like pigs-in-a-blanket and classic buffalo chicken.Read more
The fifth go-round of PIT’s annual IndiePendence Day Festival will feature more of what attracted big crowds to the first four: a marathon 12 hours of live comedy performance, beer and—best of all—free BB (so we can all pretend the founding fathers added the right to freedom of BBQ consumption to the Bill of Rights). As usual, performers will run the gamut, from musicians to seasoned improv troupes; past festivals have featured the likes of G.U.S. and the Austen Family Improv Players.Read more
There’s a very good reason some of us won’t be spending the holiday weekend at the beach, and that’s because we’ve seen Jaws and want to be as far away from the water as possible when a monstrous fish starts devouring everyone, thank you very much. Relive the cautionary tale, or enjoy it for the first time (before it’s too late and you’ve lost your leg) with afternoon screenings at Nitehawk on the July 3, 4 and 5.Read more
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