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Celebrate July food holidays in NYC!

Celebrate your independence from dieting with all the great food holidays this month!

From gummy worms to caviar to great American eats like BBQ, french fries and fried chicken, there are a ton of unique food holidays to celebrate in July.

July 1: National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

New York City is easily the best place
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New York City is easily the best place to celebrate this national holiday! From fried chicken to lox and cream cheese to Peking duck flavored scoops, there's plenty of creatively flavored ice cream in all five boroughs. Check out our favorite weird ice cream flavors at amny.com/eat to help plan your festivities!

July 4: National BBQ Day

There's nothing surprising about today being the USA's
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There's nothing surprising about today being the USA's day to break out the barbecue! Check out our favorite BBQ spots in NYC to start feasting on slow-cooked meats. If you're veggie-minded, today is also Independence from Meat Day. Try out the new Superiority Burger to celebrate all things veggie!

July 6: National Fried Chicken Day

Celebrate today with a feast of fried chicken!
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Celebrate today with a feast of fried chicken! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert can leave you licking your fingers with some of NYC's best fried chicken, found at Blue Ribbon, Bara and the brand-new Fuku!

July 7: National Macaroni Day

You don't have to bend too far to
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You don't have to bend too far to get good macaroni in this city! Elbow your way into one of NYC's macaroni-focused restaurants, like S'MAC, MacBar or Brooklyn Mac, or check out our favorite NYC Mac & Cheese.

July 13: National French Fries Day

It may be Monday, but make today a
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It may be Monday, but make today a Fry-day with some of NYC's best fries!

July 15: National Gummy Worm Day

Get ready to crawl into some sweets! Or
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Get ready to crawl into some sweets! Or sours, if that's your preference. Stieber's Sweet Shoppe offers a huge variety of gummy worms, all of which can be used to top a scoop of organic ice cream. Or weigh your bag of gummies at sugary shops like Sockerbit, Dewey's Candy or IT'SUGAR.

July 18: National Caviar Day

Today's the day to fill up on fish
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Today's the day to fill up on fish eggs! If you're a caviar newb, be sure to check out our Caviar 101. Then, head to Olma Caviar Bar, Petrossian or your favorite fancy restaurant to overload on caviar.

July 20: National Fortune Cookie Day

Today is your lucky day! Be fortunate enough
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Today is your lucky day! Be fortunate enough to be the kind of New Yorker who orders takeout Chinese for every meal -- and eats the fortune cookie!

July 21: National Junk Food Day

Eat everything you want today! Today's the day

Eat everything you want today! Today's the day to go off your diet -- any diet! Make today the ultimate cheat day with some of our favorite munchies in NYC. Nugget nachos, birthday bagels, mac and cheese with sloppy Joes... you can have it all.

July 23: National Hot Dog Day

Celebrate today with your favorite hot dog! Dive
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Celebrate today with your favorite hot dog! Dive into a dirty water dog or stop by Gray's Papaya, Papaya King or Crif Dogs for some delicious tube meat. Check out some of our favorite franks in NYC!.

July 26: National Bagelfest Day

Make today a holey festival! Grab bagels from
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Make today a holey festival! Grab bagels from Bagel Hole, Absolute Bagel, Tompkins Square Bagel or any one of NYC's top bagel spots. If you want to do something really special, check out one of Black Seed's chef-inspired bagels!

July 27: National Scotch Day

Cheers! Today's your day to Scotch it up.
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Cheers! Today's your day to Scotch it up. If you need a refresher on some of the basics on Scotch vs. Bourbon vs. Whiskey, re-visit our Whiskey 101. Then hit bars like Highlands, Isle of Skye or St. Andrews.

July 29: National Lasagna Day

What better way to celebrate a hot,
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What better way to celebrate a hot, sticky July day than with layers of pasta and cheese? Grab a slice of this lasagna from Basil Brick Oven in Astoria or go all out with a decadent 100 layer lasagne alla Piastra from Del Posto.

July 30: National Cheesecake Day

Perhaps New York's most recognized dessert is a
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Perhaps New York's most recognized dessert is a New York Cheesecake! Celebrate this national holiday with New York flare by picking up a cheesecake from Junior's, Eileen's or Magnolia Bakery.

July 31: National Cotton Candy Day

Celebrate with a day of spun sugar! If
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Celebrate with a day of spun sugar! If you can't make it out to Coney Island or a baseball game, get your cotton candy fix at Handsome Dan's -- spun to order! For a gourmet take on the sugary treat, visit Park Slope's new Carnem Prime Steakhouse, which serves pink cotton candy over pork belly!

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