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How to celebrate the 4th of July in NYC

It's the 4th of July, America's birthday! Your number one excuse to eat burgers, drink beers and watch colorful explosions in the sky has arrived. So cancel your plans to flee to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore because NYC is going to bring it this Independence Day.

Whether you're up on a roof, watching people stuff their faces with hotdogs, or stuffing your own face with BBQ, any New Yorker can find just the right way to honor the home of the brave and make our founding fathers proud.

For vintage celebrations: Liberty Belle Extravaganza

Dust off your vintage dresses and top hats
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Dust off your vintage dresses and top hats because The Hudson Terrace is hosting The Liberty Belle Extravaganza: A Vintage Fourth of July Rooftop Spectacular. They are taking up two floors with 40 performers including live bands, burlesque, and DJs. Join the chaos and dance to jazz, swing and country music, all while enjoying views of the Hudson River, New Jersey, and The Intrepid. There will be cocktails and food a la carte. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at door, $25 late night (at door, after 10 p.m.). 621 W. 46th St. libertybelleextravaganza.com

For broken records: Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut should be a household name at
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Joey Chestnut should be a household name at this point- he holds the world record of hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes (at a whopping 69), and he is returning to Coney Island this 4th of July to win his ninth title. This event is ESPN televised and almost 100 years old, so you know it has got to be a spectacle worth seeing. Can Chestnut take home the gold? The suspense is killing us. Head over to Coney Island this Independence Day to find out. Corner of Surf and Stillwell Aves. More info: nathansfamous.com

For fireworks with a view: Brooklyn Grange

To say you can see the fireworks from
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To say you can see the fireworks from the rooftop farm of Brooklyn Grange would be an understatement -- they will be exploding right overhead. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ultimate fireworks show while chowing down on American classics like 12 Hour Smoked Pulled Pork and Nashville Style "Not so Hot" Fried Chicken. The locally brewed Brooklyn Brewery beer will have you enjoying the dance party once the fireworks are over. This event is 21+. 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Brooklyn Navy Yard Farm, Flushing Ave. and Clinton Ave. $125. More info and tickets: brooklyngrangefarm.com

For NYC views: Skyroom

You may not be able to see the
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You may not be able to see the fireworks, but 360 degree views of the NYC skyline aren't half bad. The highest rooftop lounge Sky Room is celebrating right with a 4-hour premium open bar and a picnic buffet with traditional Fourth of July snacks -- pigs in a blanket, chicken tenders, potato chips and more. To make up for the lack of fireworks, TVs will be broadcasting the show live. $100 General Admission with VIP options. 330 W 40th St. More info and tickets: skyroomtickets.com

For musical history: Grateful Dead Simulcast

Can't get to Chicago this summer? Lucky for
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Can't get to Chicago this summer? Lucky for you, it is still possible celebrate 50 years of music from the Grateful Dead. Watch the four original members reunited to perform their last 5 shows ever with the Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead Simulcast (Final three shows July 3rd, 4th and 5th). Grab a group of friends and watch in style July 3 at Brooklyn Bowl. Doors are a 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. General Admission tickets $15. 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. More info: brooklynbowl.com

For early celebrations: Funk-N'-Cue

Get the party started early this year at
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Get the party started early this year at the Lure Group's Funk-N'-Cue on July 3rd. Governors Club on Governors Island is hosting funky music by Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and special guest Fonky Kong. They will be serving up a BBQ menu filled with pulled pork, BBQ chicken, cheeseburger and hot dogs. Eat and dance your heart out while enjoying one of the best views NYC has to offer. $35.00 - $125.00. Doors at 4 p.m. 10 South St., Governors Island. More info and tickets: governorsclubny.com

For tradition: Travis Parade

If you haven't heard of the town Travis
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If you haven't heard of the town Travis in Staten Island, it's about time you have. It is a town with a history that goes back before the birth of this country. Loyalist troops camped out here and it is the site of a Revolutionary War battle. The town has a long history that they are proud of, and to express their patriotism they host one of the oldest 4th of July celebrations in the county. Go celebrate our country's birthday at the 105th annual parade on, what they call, "New York City's last frontier." Starts 12 p.m. 4108 Victor Blvd., Staten Island. More info: travisparade.org

For relaxing with films: Nitehawk

If being outdoors isn't really your thing, head
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If being outdoors isn't really your thing, head to Nitehawk, Brooklyn's cinema eatery -- they will be screening classics and serving up a special Independence Day menu. You can watch Jaws, Without a Stitch, Starship Troopers, or Smokey the Bandit while chowing down on American themed fare-- lobster rolls, hot dogs and Liberty Bell Lemonade to name a few. More info and movie times: nitehawkcinema.com

For jamming: MoMA PS1: Warmup

Every Saturday through Sept. 5, MoMA PS1 hosts
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Every Saturday through Sept. 5, MoMA PS1 hosts outdoor music series Warm Up 2015, and a national holiday isn't going to stop them. The idea is to introduce you, the audience, to experimental live music and DJs from New York and all over the world. Head to the MoMA PS1 courtyard this 4th of July to hear Nicky Siano, Virgo Four, Cut Copy DJs and more. 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. Doors at noon. $18 in advance, $20 day of. More info and tickets: momaps1.org

For chowing: The Dutch

It's baaack. The Dutch is hosting their annual
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It's baaack. The Dutch is hosting their annual daylong cookout with a special menu that combines brunch, lunch, and dinner. This means you can eat shrimp hushpuppies with pickled jalapeño to start, continue, or end the celebrations. Other items on the menu include a BBQ plate of smoked brisket, pulled pork and potato salad, hot fried chicken with honey butter biscuits and slaw, and peach pie with blackberry-buttermilk ice cream. Top it all off with a watermelon punch- because it's not 4th of July without watermelon, or punch. 131 Sullivan St., South Village. thedutchnyc.com

For partying: Riis Park Beach Bazaar

If you haven't been to Riis Park Beach
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If you haven't been to Riis Park Beach Bazaar this summer it's about time you get yourself there. This unique beach experience grants you access to some of NYC's favorite food and drink vendors with live music and beach activities to boot. Of course, they will be celebrating Independence Day right at their Get Summered event with DJ sets by Get Summered DJs Dirtyboogie, Big Victory and Edward Askew and live music by Uriel Winfree the 3rd, Trevor the Trashman and Grumby. There will even be a mini tattoo parlor on the premises so you can sport your patriotism permanently. 12 p.m.- 9 p.m. Gateway National Recreation Area, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queens. More info: riisparkbeachbazaar.com

For coasting: Hornblower Cruises

All aboard! Say sayonara to holidaycrowds and hello
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All aboard! Say sayonara to holidaycrowds and hello to front row seats to the Macy's fireworks show. Hornblower Cruises is offering a luxury 4th of July experience on a yacht of your choice- there will be music, dancing, all-American food, and an open bar on board. What more can you ask for? Prices vary, so check the website for more information. hornblowernewyork.com

For the whole family: Riverpark's BBQ Bash

Step away from the grill, put down the
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Step away from the grill, put down the spatula and spend the evening at Riverpark's BBQ Bash to enjoy a traditional walk-around BBQ dinner, desserts and (the best part) a four-hour open bar. This can be an event for the whole family, and ping-pong, cornhole and boccie ball will be set up. There is indoor and outdoor seating available, but with prime views of the fireworks on the East River, we'd say outside is the place to be. General Admission $250. 450 E 29th St. More info and tickets: riverpark4thofjuly.brownpapertickets.com

For drinking: Red, White and Brew Pub Crawl

Now this is day drinking done right ladies
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Now this is day drinking done right ladies and gentlemen. Pubcrawls.com is hosting a massive weekend-long pub crawl so you can get your drink on all over NYC. You can purchase a 3-day all access pass ($10) or a single ticket for Saturday, July 4 ($3.99). All you need to do is register at Bar None between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., receive your wristband and map, and enjoy drink specials at all participating locations -- We're talking $2 draft beers and $4 cocktails. Enjoy responsibly. More info and tickets: pubcrawls.com

For picnicking with a view: Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar

Sit back, relax and get up close and
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Sit back, relax and get up close and personal to this year's fireworks on the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier # is hosting an "old-fashioned" picnic with traditional favorites like corn on the cob, slow smoked pulled pork, BBGB Sliders and crayfish rolls. Your ticket ($125- $175) grants entry to the picnic and your choice of any three drinks. If you're there for the fireworks, splurge on the more expensive option because viewing is limited in the cheaper section. 12 Furman St. 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. More info and tickets: bbgb4th.brownpapertickets.com

For wilding out: Forgaging in Forest Park

If you want to get far away from
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If you want to get far away from the crowds and parties, spend the day in the great outdoors of the country we're celebrating. Go foraging with naturalist "Wildman" Steve Brill in Forest Park's woodlands, cultivated areas and thickets, and hunt for black raspberries, wild herbs, vegetables, and the prized daylily flowers. The 4 hour walking tour begins 11:45 at the stone wall at Forest Park Dr. and Park Ln. Call for reservations. More info: wildmanstevebrill.com

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