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July 4th events in NYC: Rooftop parties, barbecues and more
Yes, we New Yorkers live in a melting pot, but somehow the cultural diversity that fills our everyday lives makes taking at least one day every year to celebrate the good old U S of A that much sweeter.
So put on your best red, white and blue and get ready to party, because NYC's going all out this year, from bottomless barbecues, brunches and boat cruises to rooftop revelry. Which option you'll choose is up to you-- this is the land of the free, after all.
Perhaps the best bet for family-friendly fun all Fourth of July weekend long, the South Street Seaport Pier Party includes classic American live music, from swing and bluegrass to marching bands, a screening of "The Avengers," face painting, locally-sourced craft beer and wine, and, of course, a prime spot for watching the Macy's fireworks. Events start at Noon on Thursday, at 1 p.m. on Friday, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Where: South Street Seaport, Manhattan
Info: For a full calendar of events and activities, visit seechangeny.com. (Credit: southstreetseaport.com)
For beach bums
Can't swing a Hamptons trip this July Fourth weekend? La Marina is transporting guests to "Independence Island," a beach party on the Hudson River complete with cabanas in the sand.
Swedish DJ Sebjak will get the party started with EDM beats at 3 p.m., and hip hop star Fabolous will keep it going 'til 1 a.m. as special guest host alongside DJ Clue and DJ Spade.
Tickets start at $40, and specials on Bottega rose bottles, cocktails and barbecue dishes will be offered.
Where: 348 Dyckman St., Manhattan
Info: For more info and to buy tickets, visit thedreamvine.com. (Credit: La Marina)
For the fireworks
As SoHo's tallest rooftop, Sonny's Soda Shoppe at the Mondrian offers breath-taking views of the Macy's firework show, and a poppin' party to boot. $175 will get you admission, plus pizza, Italian sausages, hot dogs and gelato. Get there at 4 p.m. for free rose and Peroni beers.
Where: 9 Crosby St., Manhattan
Info: To purchase tickets, visit mondrianny.ticketmob.com. (Credit: Sonny's Soda Shoppe)
For city views
Enjoy 360 degree views of the city out of floor-to-ceiling windows at the 30-story-high Skylark, while noshing on sirloin sliders, mini lobster rolls, mac and cheese cupcakes and more. Indoor and outdoor space will be open for partying, HDTVs will show the Macy's fireworks, a DJ will provide live entertainment and red, white and blue specialty cocktails will be served. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: 200 West 39th St., Manhattan
Info: 212-257-4577; firstname.lastname@example.org (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
For pool time
What's better than spending the Fourth of July poolside? Spending it poolside on a SoHo rooftop with views of the Macy's fireworks, of course. You'll also be sipping hand-crafted cocktails and snacking on burgers, kobe franks in a blanket, charcuterie and cheese plates and dancing to a live DJ. This all goes down at Jimmy at the James New York at 5 p.m.
Where: 15 Thompson St., Manhattan
Info: 212-201-9118; email@example.com (Credit: The James SoHo)
Beat the landlubbers (that's pirate talk for non-seamen) on an Independence Day cruise aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship. The ship sets sail at 5:30 p.m. Friday and returns shortly after 10 p.m. You'll pass the Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and get a front row seat to the Macy's fireworks show while eating a barbecue dinner and enjoying an open bar. (And, just think of the endless opportunities to post "I'm on a boat!" on your social media accounts.) Tickets are $350 for adults and $275 for kids under 12.
Where: Clipper City, lower Battery Park
Info: To purchase tickets, visit manhattanbysail.com. (Credit: manhattanbysail.com)
Get the party started early at Sotto 13 in the West Village with unlimited brunch cocktails, wood-fired pizzas, small plates and sides for $29 per person from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Take part in the pig roast for an extra $5, which includes slow-roasted porchetta with a fried egg and pulled pork hash, or dig into vegetarian fare, like the rosemary focaccia French toast,while lounging in the outdoor cafe.
Where: 140 W. 13th St., Manhattan
Info: 212-647-1001; firstname.lastname@example.org (Credit: Facebook)
For an all-day cookout
The Dutch will be celebrating non-stop from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Friday, with all-American treats including corn dogs on a stick with cheddar and spicy mustard, a pig plate and funnel cake. Plus, the watermelon punch is big enough to keep four people in the partying mood.
Where: 131 Sullivan St., Manhattan
Info: For reservations, call 212-677-6200. View the full menu at thedutchnyc.com. (Credit: The Dutch)
For something new
Spyglass, a brand new rooftop bar with unobstructed views of the (soon to be red, white and blue) Empire State Building, sits on the 22nd floor of the Garment District's Archer Hotel. The roof will open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday with a DJ, festive cocktails and menu items from the David Burke fabrick team, including candied bacon, avocado panna cotta, chickpea fries and more.
Where: 47 W. 38th St., Manhattan
Info: 212-719-4100; archerhotel.com (Credit: Facebook)
For soccer fans
If America, beer, barbecue and soccer are on the list of things you love, this is the Fourth of July party for you. Celebrate both Independence Day and the start of the World Cup quarter-finals at Paulaner's BeerBQ, where platters of roast suckling pig and house-made pork sausage slathered in BeerBQ sauce, plus potatoes and cabbage slaw along with two half-liters of in-house brewed beer will be served up for $42. The World Cup will be on TV, of course, and a special World Cup menu will also be offered.
Where: 265 Bowery, Manhattan
Info: 212-780-0300, paulanernyc.com. (Credit: paulanernyc.com)
For endless BBQ
Indulge the American way-- with unlimited food and beverages-- on Yotel's scenic terrace. Eats include fried chicken, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, peach cobbler and more, and drinks range from beer and wine to red, white and blue(berry) sangria. Unlimited food only is $50 per person from 2 to 5 p.m., or you can include unlimited drinks during that time-span for $65. From 6 to 9 p.m., unlimited food and drinks are $75, or $65 for hotel guests.
Where: 570 10th Ave., Manhattan
Info: 646-449-7790; email@example.com (Credit: Flickr/JasonParis)
For Brooklyn-style fun
Maison Premiere, the Williamsburg spot known for its oysters and absinthe, will kick off Fourth of July fun at Noon on Friday with seafood specials including grilled Creole shrimp with tomato salad, refreshing new summer cocktails, house-made ice cream sandwiches and live music from the Bedford Avenue Society Band.
Where: 298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
Info: maisonpremiere.com; 347-335-0446 (Credit: maisonpremiere.com)
For an Italian twist
Fornino's Fourth of July feast may have you praising Italy as you stuff yourself with antipasti and pizza from the Brooklyn Bridge Park eatery's wood-burning ovens, but when you catch the unparalleled view of the Macy's fireworks from the roof, there will be nothing but the good ol' U.S.A. on your mind. Unlimited food from 7 to 11 p.m. is $75, and there will be a cash bar.
Where: Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Info: 718-422-1107; fornino.com (Credit: Flickr/Howard Walfish)
If Brooklyn-brewed beer, bacon, beach balls and tiki torches don't get you in the American spirit, nothing will. At Sons of Essex, enjoy all the roasted pig you can eat (there will be two, a Hawaiian Kahlua pig and a black pepper pig) plus sides and unlimited beer for $48, and get a view of the Macy's fireworks. Festivities begin at Noon on Friday.
Where: 133 Essex Street, Manhattan
Info: To buy tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Credit: Sons of Essex)
For boozy ice pops (and prizes!)
Stop by the Loopy Doopy rooftop bar at the Conrad New York for stunning Hudson River views and a grown-up version of your favorite childhood summertime snack. Prosecco and ice pop cocktails will be served, and prizes will be revealed on their sticks. What's more fun than that? Plus, nosh on light bites like the sea salt and olive oil potato chips with truffle parmesan aioli and try your hand at winning a complimentary weekend stay for two in the grand Conrad Suite. The fun starts at 4 p.m.
Where: 102 North End Ave., Manhattan
Info: 646-769-4250; LoopyDoopy.Bar@ConradHotels.com (Credit: Flickr/Yelp Inc.)
For show tunes
Broadway supper club 54 Below is celebrating the holiday with "54 Sings 1776," where music from Tony Award-winning musical "1776" will be sung by members of the original Broadway revival cast, including Michael McCormick (pictured), Daniel Marcus and Paul Michael Valley. Four shows take place on Thursday and Saturday, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Cover starts at $50, and there is a $25 food and beverage minimum.
Where: 254 W. 54th St., Manhattan
Info: Make reservations at 54below.com.