By: Lindsay Rothfeld
Happy Independence Day, friends! Many folks choose to leave the city over this weekend, and that’s their prerogative. But, if you do make plans to stay put for the 4th—and why wouldn’t you—at least, make it interesting. Here’s how.
The Best Independence Day Events In NYC
56-06 Cooper Avenue
Get yourself to Nowadays on the 4th for an outdoor BBQ with a cool crowd and music blasting throughout the day and night. Nowadays, located in Bushwick/Ridgewood, has it all—bar, food truck, outdoor games, greenery, and a dance floor. It’s mostly known as the home to Mister Sunday parties which are fantastic, and for this July 4th celebration, the man behind The Mixtape Shop will be laying down tracks in the backyard. Price to enter? Free!
5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City
From 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., spend your 4th at the LIC Flea & Food Market where you can grab a beer, some bites from various food vendors, and shop around the market while celebrating ‘Murica. The market also houses a beer garden with an all-Queens lineup of brews. Entrance to the market is free, but if you RSVP ahead of time, you can enter for a chance to win Flea Bucks to spend while you’re there. You’re going to get breathtaking waterfront views of NYC here, and a front-row seat to the Macy’s 4th of July.
Essex Street, Manhattan
So yes, the 4th falls on a Thursday this year, and many of us will have to show our hungover faces at work on Friday. All the more reason to keep celebrating throughout the weekend. Head to Hester Street Fair (corner of Essex and Hester) on July 6th for a late-afternoon beer, hotdog or hamburger, and *hopefully* sunshine. The released list of vendors so far include but are not limited to: Beba’s Kitchen, Tribeca Trinkets, SianStreetFood, Mixto acos, Crazy Uncle Creations, Spear and Stone, and Dash of Pep. See the full list here.
299 Sands Street BLDG #275
Enjoy good music, great views of the fireworks, hammocks, cornhole, and more at Rooftop Reds’ 4th of July party. Haven’t heard of Rooftop Reds? It’s a rooftop vineyard located in Dumbo, and while it’s a bit off the beaten path, it’s a really chill place to hang with friends. For this party, BBQ will be catered by Dinosaur BBQ—pulled pork & chicken, specifically. Tickets are $30, and you’ll want to purchase ahead of time because this event is known to sell out!
If you’re looking to get wild and crazy on this 4th, look no further than House Of Yes, which is as wild of dance club/bar/burlesque/sex-positive performance space you’ll find on this planet. The party starts at 3 p.m., where day drinking in the bar’s courtyard will commence and the indoor dance floor will get very sweaty. Make sure to wear your red, white, and blue best because costumes skip the line. Serve that patriotic, fierce realness. Oh, and the best part about this party, in our opinion, is that 15% of the bar’s proceeds will be donated to the ACLU, which is a pretty awesome way for HOY to celebrate the 4th, don’t you think?
Want something a little more entertaining than your average rooftop party to do before the fireworks begin? Head to City Winery for Burlesque Night Out, a combination of striptease and variety show, filled with humor and incredible talent. While you may not be seeing literal fireworks on the stage, we promise these performers will sparkle. Tickets are $22, and any event that happens at City Winery is well worth just for the food and drinks served at the venue. It’s top-notch.
This wouldn’t be a proper Independence Day line-up without a mention of Coney Island. A trip there on the 4th is truly like a choose your own adventure. You can start your holiday early with some sunbathing on the beach, then watch as people stuff their faces at 10:30 a.m. for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Later you can stroll through the aquarium and make friends with the fishies, stroll the boardwalk and perhaps catch a circus sideshow. Ride the Cyclone, even! Live your best life, and finally, be sure to snag a spot on the boardwalk for the 9 p.m. fireworks, not as big as Macy’s but still beautiful.
Berry Park is a well-known bar in Brooklyn that you’ve probably been to several times before, and it’s also one of the many rooftop bars that celebrate the 4th with a special celebration. This year, they’ll be charging $25 to get on the roof and won’t be accepting reservations beforehand. So get there early. They have a decent beer and food menu so you won’t go thirsty or hungry while you’re there. Parties here are always a good time, so this one should be no different.
190 Allen Street, Manhattan
Everyone’s going to be partying on the 4th, of course, but why not on the 3rd, too? You’re off from work on Thursday, so you might as well live it up. At Make Believe, a tropical-themed cocktail rooftop bar at the Sixty Hotel, the DJ will be playing all night long. The views from this spot are pretty great, and the interior is gorgeous as well. And for this party, there’s no cover. Dance from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., and welcome the weekend in.
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