This year marks the one time every seven years when the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday. That means you’re either off on a five-day weekend or you’re shivering under your office’s dripping air conditioner for most of the week.
For those cursing the calendar and their teeny, grill-lacking apartment, you’re in luck: There are plenty of venues around New York City hosting Fourth of July-themed food and drink specials. These are the best places to down burgers, drink red, white, and blue cocktails, and even catch a glimpse of those beloved smiley face fireworks.
Given America’s current political climate, you might be on the hunt for ways to give back on Independence Day. Enter Boqueria. The Spanish tapas bar plans to donate ten percent of the proceeds from its red-, white-, and blue-sprinkled churro sundae sales to RAICES (the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). The organization helps unite separated immigrant children with their families.
Take the A train all the way to the Rockaways for a hint of salty air and to stick your toes in the sand. Bungalow Bar is a waterfront bar, and to commemorate Independence Day, it’s offering a red, white, and blue frozen slushie. Grab a drink (or two), soak up the view, and dance all night with the live DJ.
There certainly won’t be buildings blocking your view of the fireworks 100 floors up at One World Observatory. Atop Manhattan’s tallest building, festivities begin at 8pm with a two-hour open bar and all-American foods like hot dogs and pretzels. Get your tickets here.
Post up at Tacocina, Danny Meyer’s newest Mexican venture at the recently remodeled Domino Park. For $100 per person, you’ll be rewarded with unlimited food and drinks for four hours (think margaritas, rosé, chips & guac, and a slew of tacos), plus an unparalleled view of the East River fireworks. Buy tickets here.
If you’re not into the whole barbecue thing, you can level up at Brooklyn Cider House’s pig roast in Bushwick. From 12-5pm, feast on roast suckling pig sandwiches, house-made cider, beer, and frozen drinks. Eating will take place on the outdoor deck, accompanied by music and games.
Head to Drexler’s for a free (yes, free!) Fourth of July barbecue. All you have to do is buy a Jack Daniels cocktail, and in return you’ll be provided with either a free hot dog or a slider. The more drinks you buy, the more meat you’ll get. The party starts at 4pm on July 4, with happy hour specials lasting all night.
Since 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opened in 2017, it has consistently delivered some of the most interesting hotel art around. The stylish, eco-conscious hotel tapped local artists to create works inspired by Brooklyn Bridge’s surrounding waterfront area. An avalanche of obsidian rocks tied with hand-dyed rope, a nod to the nearby docks, and a living plant wall are among the hotel’s inventive works highlighting Brooklyn’s nature.
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