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Fourth of July at Smoke & Barrel
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How to celebrate the Fourth of July in Hong Kong

The best events in the city that honour American Independence Day

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Fontaine Cheng
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Say what you want about ‘Murica, but the dudes sure know how to throw one hell of a party. So whether you’re a real patriot or simply looking to paint the town red, white and blue, we’ve found some of the very best ways to celebrate the US of A in this city. From sizzling BBQs to sweet cherry pies, and a little American comedy thrown in for good measure, here’s how you can celebrate the Fourth of July in Hong Kong.

RECOMMENDED: Looking for something else to do in Hong Kong this weekend? Check out our list of the best things to do this July and the top foodie events you can’t miss!

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Like y’all needed an excuse to have a barbecue. Well, thanks to American grill, smokehouse and butcher, Henry, you now have a great reason to indulge. Celebrating the Fourth of July with an Independence Day Barbecue lunch, you can get stuck into a whole load of BBQ goodies, including jumbo crab rolls, smoked steak tartare, mac and cheese with bacon bits, American cheesecake, blueberry pie, and their all-American meat feast with beef brisket, smoked baby back pork ribs, Andouille sausage, and BBQ chicken, amongst a ton of other dishes. For reservations, book at rosewoodhotels.com.

When: Sunday, July 4
Price: $998 per adult; $350 per child (6 to 12 years old)

Midway x Butter Backyard BBQ Kit
Photograph: Courtesy Midway and Butter

Midway x Butter Backyard BBQ Kit

In keeping with the American tradition of a summer cookout, Chicagoan hot dog joint Midway has teamed up with American dessert shop Butter to offer a Backyard BBQ Kit for all your barbecuing needs this Fourth of July. Made to feed six people, the pack includes 12 ready-to-cook Midway hot dogs with poppy seed buns and plenty of all-American slides, including a classic coleslaw, macaroni salad, potato salad, and spiced sweet corn salad. Not to mention, a whole cherry pie to dive into as well, ensuring star-spangled success and smiles all around. To order, head to Go by Black Sheep Restaurants

When: Sunday, July 4; BBQ kits delivered before noon 
Price: $1,500 for six people

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  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Wan Chai
  • price 1 of 4

Popular burger spot Honbo has joined Alvy’s American pizza bar for a limited time only to offer collaboration items at both locations. At Honbo, mini calzone style Cheeseburger Pizza Pockets are made with sourdough, tomato sauce, mozzarella, molten American cheese, pickles, beef, onion and Honbo’s secret sauce, while Alvy’s offers a Honbo-ified Cheeseburger Pizza topped with the same ingredients. You can also get your hands on a trio of American bourbon-based cocktails including a Wild Turkey Lemonade Slushie ($95), Wild Turkey Bourbon Highball ($95), and a Wild Turkey Pickleback ($80) shot.  

When: Now until Wednesday, July 7
Price: Honbo’s Cheeseburger Pizza Pockets $108; Alvy’s Cheeseburger Pizza $188

  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels
  • Wan Chai

When a meal doesn’t quite cut it, you can enjoy an all-American staycation experience at the Grand Hyatt. The Delicious USA package offers a one night stay at the hotel and a Grand Hyatt Steakhouse feast featuring a four-course dinner menu with classic American dishes, priced at $990 per person, including a Boston lobster salad with cocktail sauce, 6oz superior USDA prime tenderloin steak, and more. You can even pair your dinner with American wines to go all out. The staycation also includes breakfast; mini welcome bottles of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Michter’s bourbon; complimentary late check-out at 4pm (Monday to Thursdays only); a complimentary K11 Musea $500 e-voucher, Nature Discovery Park tour, and more. To book, head to hyatt.com.

When: Now until September 30
Price: From $3,100 per room per night

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Central

Throwing an American-style backyard party of their own, Smoke & Barrel is bringing American patriotism to the grill with a Fourth of July brunch to sing home about. Not only will there be classic corn hole games, self-serve free-flowing beer on tap, and cocktails on the terrace dressed in red, white and blue, but the brunch is also filled with dishes such as Maryland-style crab crostini served with New Orleans gumbo, southern fried chicken, Memphis baby back ribs, Creole prawn skewers, NYC cheesecake, and much more. There’s also a pretty epic Mr President’s milkshake laced with bourbon available on the day too. Those who dress to impress, and go all out American, will have the chance to win a $1,000 dining voucher from either Smoke & Barrel or their sister restaurant Kinship. To enter, upload your best-dressed photo on Instagram with the hashtag #partylikeashowmen. The winner will be drawn on July 12. The competition is available at both locations with one lucky winner per venue. To reserve your spot, book at smokeandbarrelhk.com

When: Sunday, July 4 11.30am to 4pm
Price: $448 per person; $227 for free-flow for two hours

  • Music
  • Wan Chai

Love American humour? Then you’ll love watching eight of the funniest Americans in Hong Kong doing standup comedy at The Hub in Wan Chai on Independence Day. There will be absolute crackers from comedians Bryan Bentley, Chris Musni, Garron Chiu, Jordan Leung, Pete Grella, Seth Waters, and Steve Lee. All you have to do is get your tickets at ticketflap.com and be ready to laugh hard.

When: Sunday, July 4
Price: $200 on ticketflap or $250 at the door

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Soho

The Pontiac’s annual Red, White and Rainbow Party is the ultimate celebration of equal rights and independence and doubles as a fundraiser for a local LGBTQ+ charity. This year, the Central bar will be filled with beats from DJ Disco Bland while offering refreshing poké bowls from Pololi, donations of $100 per plate will go towards charity, and their signature cocktails that get you drink, drank, drunk in no time. The best dressed and most ‘sinfully fabulous’ person is set to win a prize, and they’ll also be offering the Brooklyn Brewery's The Stonewall Inn IPA, which is the official beer for the non-profit charitable organisation committed to eliminating the social intolerance impacting LGBTQ+ people everywhere.

When: Sunday, July 4, 3pm to 8pm 
Price: A la carte

  • Things to do
  • Central

Although the origins of Cornhole are often debated, there’s no denying that Americans love this lawn game. That’ll be why The Lawn Club is hosting a Cornhole tournament to find the ‘King or Queen of Cornhole’. To play, simply throw bags onto the opposing boards to score points. Those with the most Cornhole tossing skills will win the prize and be crowned the Cornhole champion – have you ever wanted anything more in life? To book tickets to The Lawn Club, zicket.co.

When: Sunday, July 4, 3pm to 9pm
Price: From $600 for a four-person pod

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