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July Fourth parties in NYC: Where to celebrate Independence Day

As America rings in its 242nd year on Independence Day, you could be on a rooftop, on a boat, in a party, at a show or enjoying the night air near the East River — there's really no limit to where you can celebrate July Fourth.

To help you narrow it down, we've picked the notable celebrations around the city to spend the holiday.

Coney Island Celebration

Start your day with the awe-inspiring Nathan's Famous
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Start your day with the awe-inspiring Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at 11 a.m. and enjoy the fun that Luna Park and Deno's holds until 6 p.m., when the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Aberdeen IronBirds (tickets are $10). Then at 9:45 p.m., the Steeplechase Spectacular fireworks show begins. (Free entry, except for the baseball game, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Coney Island, coneyislandfunguide.com)

Wasabassco's America burlesque, Gowanus

Come dressed as Wonder Woman for this Independence
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Come dressed as Wonder Woman for this Independence Day-themed burlesque show at the Bell House. Celebrate all that is American and "reclaim the country that gave the world baseball, apple pie, rock and roll and the internets," organizers say. Those who dress up will be invited to take a Wonder Woman group photo with performers Delysia La Chatte, Ivory Fox, Penny Wren, Puss-N-Boots, Qualms Galore, Sydni Deveraux, Tiger Bay and Doc Wasabassco. ($15 to $30, photo at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 148 Seventh St., thebellhouseny.com)

The Box House Hotel party, Greenpoint

This 10,000-square-foot rooftop venue with a great view
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This 10,000-square-foot rooftop venue with a great view of the fireworks is bringing city food vendors together for a party with music by DJ Sam Turner and games such as cornhole and Jenga. Vendors include The Meatball Shop, Amami BK (sushi tacos), Cuzin's Duzin (doughnuts), Lobster Joint (lobster sliders), and Box House Catering (Brooklyn Lantern's Chef Bryan Noury grilling ribs). Tickets are going fast. ($150 includes 1 drink ticket, 6 to 11 p.m., eventbrite.com)

Haven Rooftop celebration, midtown

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"Freedom slushies," giant Moscow mules and beer buckets are planned for this rooftop sanctuary, which opens at 11:30 a.m. on July 4. Pair the holiday drinks with something from Haven's grill menu, including hot dogs, hamburgers and pretzels or from its regular menu. (142 W. 47th St., havenrooftop.com)

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is expected
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The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is expected to draw thousands to Coney Island's boardwalk on Wednesday for the 102nd annual showdown. Joey Chestnut, the contest's 72-dog record holder, has won 10 of the past 11 competitions and will be back to defend his title. However, newcomer Carmen Cincotti is eyeing an epic upset. Cincotti has been ranked No. 2 in Major League Eating, and has been goading Chestnut with his practice runs of 70 hot dogs. (Free, 10:50 a.m. through noon on July 4, Nathan's, 1310 Surf Ave., nathansfamous.com)

4th of July on Vale Terrace, Williamsburg

You'll be able to see the fireworks from
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You'll be able to see the fireworks from the William Vale's terrace, a fourth floor open-air venue in Williamsburg. One ticket provides access to the terrace and an all-American barbecue with hot dogs, pulled pork, corn on the cob and more. ($75, 6:30 to 10 p.m., 111 N. 12th St., eventbrite.com)

Frying Pan BK picnic and games, Industry City

Spend the holiday tossing beach balls in the
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Spend the holiday tossing beach balls in the Astroturf pit or in the game room playing Ping-Pong and other games like Dance Dance Revolution at Industry City and Frying Pan BK. When you get hungry, order a picnic basket from Frying Pan BK and sit out. (noon to 7 p.m., Industry City Courtyard 5/6, 51 35th St., Sunset Park, fryingpanbrooklyn.com)

Rooftop party at Exchange Place, Jersey City

If you're closer to the Jersey City fireworks,
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If you're closer to the Jersey City fireworks, you can head to this rooftop party to get awesome, unobstructed views. There's an open bar from 7 to 10 p.m., a live DJ, and more. (From $100, 7 p.m. to midnight, RoofTop at Exchange, 1 Exchange Place, eventbrite.com)

4th of July picnic with Frying Pan NYC, Hudson River Park

Enjoy an all-American picnic with Frying Pan NYC
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Enjoy an all-American picnic with Frying Pan NYC at Pier 66 with beef brisket, pulled pork, grilled corn on the cob, apple pie and blueberry pie, in addition to regular menu items including lobster clambake and lobster rolls. Drinks include refreshing Watermelon Frosés or Bay Baes served in a pineapple shell. Between 2 and 4 p.m. you can also take a free boat ride on the John J. Harvey Fireboat on a first come, first serve basis. Tours of the historic, once sunken Lightship Frying Pan will also be offered. A bluegrass band will perform live, too. ( noon to 7 p.m., Pier 66 in Hudson River Park -- West 26th Street entry, pier66maritime.com)

Urban luau barbecue at STK Rooftop, Meatpacking

Feel like you're in a colorful oasis atop
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Feel like you're in a colorful oasis atop STK Downtown with a luau-themed party complete with a rosé cart and rosé wall, vibrant cocktails, and tons of grilled food and fresh watermelon. There will be dancing, and the fireworks will be projected against the venue's exterior. ($50, 26 Little W. 12th St., eventbrite.com)

Fiesta at Tacocina, Williamsburg

The brand-new eatery at the brand-new Domino Park is
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The brand-new eatery at the brand-new Domino Park is celebrating along the Williamsburg waterfront, so you can have a giant side of fireworks with your fiesta. For your money, you'll get endless eats -- chips and guacamole, cheese chicharrones, six kinds of tacos (pork belly and mango, chicken adobo among them) and desserts including ice cream sandwiches. You'll need to hydrate too, and options range from the adult (margaritas, Modelo) to the practical (Mexican Cokes, water). Tacocina is the latest venture from restaurateur Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group. ($100 per person, 21 and older only, 6 to 10 p.m., 25 River St., heytacocina.com.)

Yes Extravaganza, Bushwick

Day drink, dance, hit the hot tub, sip
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Day drink, dance, hit the hot tub, sip on frozen slushies and feast on barbecue at this House of Yes party, where everything will be red, white and blue. DJs Bruce, David Kiss, Mira Fahrenheit and Zephyr Ann will spin tunes. (Free with RSVP or $10, 2 p.m. to midnight, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick, eventbrite.com)

Drink and sip at The Heights, NoMad

Arlo NoMad Hotel's rooftop bar, The Heights, is
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Arlo NoMad Hotel's rooftop bar, The Heights, is hosting guests for a party and fireworks viewing with a margarita open bar from 6 to 7 p.m. If you want to get there early, there is a "pre-game" event from 2 to 5 p.m. ($70, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., 11 E. 31st St., eventbrite.com)

Rooftop open bar and party at The Crown, Lower East Side

Chef Dale Talde's Chinatown rooftop bar guarantees a
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Chef Dale Talde's Chinatown rooftop bar guarantees a good view of the Macy's fireworks on the East River, so we'd recommend making July Fourth reservations there even without the open bar special. General admission tickets cover an hour of as much vodka as you can drink and one cocktail. ($35 plus a $4 fee, 50 Bowery, thecrownnyc.com)

Watermark Bar pier party, Pier 15

You'll get panorama views of the Brooklyn and
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You'll get panorama views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges and the Brooklyn skyline as you play giant beer pong, dance to music by a DJ and munch on grilled foods at this party on a pier. (Free, noon to midnight, eventbrite.com)

Royalton Park Avenue barbecue and fireworks party, Kips Bay

This rooftop party will have live music from
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This rooftop party will have live music from The Hot Toddies and tunes from DJ Greg Groovez all day and end with a viewing of the fireworks. There will also be an open vodka bar from 4 to 5 p.m. Tickets also give access to the hotel's pool lounge. ($20 to $40, 4 p.m. to midnight, 420 Park Ave. S., nightout.com)

50 Star Fire Show with Snoop Dogg, Jersey City

Technically outside NYC, Jersey City is going to
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Technically outside NYC, Jersey City is going to have its own fireworks after a free concert featuring Snoop Dogg -- a production put on by Provocateur's Mike Satsky and Brian Gefter as well as Jersey City's Mayor Steven Fulop. There will also be a carnival, several beer gardens and several food trucks. Manhattan's skyline and the Hudson Water Riverfront will serve as the back drop for the fireworks (by Grucci). (Free, noon to 10 p.m., Private Internet Access Stage in Exchange Place Plaza, freedomandfireworks.com)

One World Observatory Fourth of July Celebration, FiDi

Watch the fireworks and celebrate America's birthday from
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Watch the fireworks and celebrate America's birthday from 1,776 feet above Manhattan at the One World Observatory. You'll have 360 degree views of the city as you get access to festivities on the 100th floor of One World Trade, including an open bar, All-American foods like hot dogs, and more. ($250, 8 to 10 p.m., oneworldobservatory.com)

Roof at Park South party, NoMad

If you can get your ticket early, the
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If you can get your ticket early, the Roof at Park South is inviting guests up for food by chefs Tim and Nancy Cushman and a great view of the fireworks. ($200, 7 to 10:45 p.m., 125 E. 27th St., eventbrite.com)

Brooklyn Cider House’s pig roast, Bushwick

Slow-cooked in a Caja China-style roasting box, a
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Slow-cooked in a Caja China-style roasting box, a whole suckling pig will be shared among guests at the Brooklyn Cider House from 2 to 5 p.m., but the bar will be open from noon to midnight. There will also be more food, music, games, and lots of cider to go around. Good news -- dogs are welcome on the deck. The new bar menu and regular prix-fixe dinner with cider catching from the barrel will also be available. (Free entry, 1100 Flushing Ave., Bushwick, brooklynciderhouse.com)

Southpoint Park celebration, Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island has incredible views of the Manhattan
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Roosevelt Island has incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and will be the perfect place to watch the fireworks. The island's Southpoint Park is hosting a celebration with DJ sets, dancing, activities for kids, food trucks and more. You can watch from any part of the island, with best views on the western edge, including at Cornell Tech and Four Freedoms Park. Once Four Freedoms Park is filled to capacity, however, it will be closed off. There will be a limited amount of free tickets that will be made available at rioc.ny.gov on June 29 at noon. (Free, 5 p.m., facebook.com)

Elsewhere popgun party, Bushwick

Elsewhere is hosting a rooftop popgun party with
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Elsewhere is hosting a rooftop popgun party with live music from Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele, Mike Bloom, Bent Tactic and more. ($10 to $20, 2 p.m., 599 Johnson Ave., eventbrite.com)

Take a cruise

If you want to avoid the crowds and
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If you want to avoid the crowds and get an unobstructed view of Macy's finest pyrotechnics, splurge on a cruise. Multiple cruise options are available at different price points with Empire Cruises", North River Lobster Company Liberty Belle and the Capitol Princess

Riverpark's barbecue bash, Kips Bay

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 barbecue bash to enjoy a traditional walk-around BBQ dinner, desserts, and an open bar. This can be an event for the whole family, and ping-pong, cornhole, and bocce 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 $275, 450 E. 29th St., riverparknyc.com)

LIC Flea Night Market July 4th party, Queens

LIC Flea Night Market is hosting another free
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LIC Flea Night Market is hosting another free July 4 party to take advantage of the perfect waterfront views of the fireworks. Watch the colorful ka-booms, eat food and grab a drink at the beer garden serving pints from local breweries. The party runs from 2 to 11:30 p.m. (5-25 46th Ave., eventbrite.com)

Barbecue at Penthouse808, Hunters Point

Munch on gourmet barbecue by chef Seth Levine
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Munch on gourmet barbecue by chef Seth Levine with an unobstructed view of the fireworks. The menu includes beef sliders, chicken and waffles, hot dogs, ceviche, sushi, rack of lamb and watermelon. ($50, 4 p.m. to midnight, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, eventbrite.com)

Front Row Fireworks, Kips Bay

Get a front-row seat to the fireworks at
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Get a front-row seat to the fireworks at the East 34th Street heliport, where you'll get to enjoy live music, food from vendors serving barbecue, bars and beer tents, and life-size versions of Jenga, ping-pong, chess and more from Clinton Hall and Slate. ($35 to $75 for general admission, $400 for a table, 499 E. 34th St., midtown, frontrowfireworks.com)

Ophelia Lounge Independence Day party, midtown east

Enjoy the fireworks over the East River at
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Enjoy the fireworks over the East River at this new rooftop lounge on top of Beekman Tower. For $200 per person, you get access to an open bar (featuring "the red," "the white" and "the blue" cocktails), a chilled seafood bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, platters and desserts. (6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 3 Mitchell Place, Manhattan, eventbrite.com)

'Jaws' brunch at Nitehawk, Williamsburg

Celebrate Independence Day with the scariest movie (if
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Celebrate Independence Day with the scariest movie (if you're afraid of sharks) -- "Jaws" at Nitehawk Cinema. The screening will take place during brunch hours on July 4, 7 and 8 with specials including a lobster roll, Narragansett beer and "Liberty Bell" lemonade. A few lucky audience members will get a "Jaws" T-shirt on the 4th screening from Out Of Print Clothing. ($12, 1:45 p.m. on July 4, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, nitehawkcinema.com)

July 4th at Nowadays, Ridgewood

Nowadays is throwing a backyard bash with DJs
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Nowadays is throwing a backyard bash with DJs including Voices, Ashlyn Ace and Wey spinning vinyl. The all-day celebration also includes eats, in the form of brisket and pulled pork. (Free entry, 56-06 Cooper Ave., from noon to midnight, facebook.com/events)

Ethyl's cruise-themed party, Upper East Side

Ethyl's is going on a field trip --
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Ethyl's is going on a field trip -- a 1970s cruise-themed party. This two-day "trip" (July 3-4) features go-go dancing, food, booze and DJs Tommy James and La La Linda, retro band Acting Natural and go-go glam by Dandy Dillinger. Local butcher shop Schaller & Weber will bring a hot dog cart to the restaurant for a Fourth of July bash, and specials include a hot dog and beer for $5. (Free entry, 3 p.m. to 4 a.m., 1629 Second Ave., Upper East Side, ethylsnyc.com)

Dromedary Bar’s July 4th Bash, Bushwick

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"Captain America" flicks will be playing on the big screen at this Bushwick haunt. Dromedary Bar -- and its food joint Duncan's Burgers located inside -- is serving up plenty of deals to get you through your Wednesday off. Sign up while you can -- there's a 10-person limit -- for its annual hamburger eating contest, where the winner will take home $200. If you can't make it to the 4 p.m. contest -- or just don't like burgers that much -- swing by Dromedary for food and drink specials, giveaways, the Captain America movies and music by SJ Kapital K. (Free entry, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., 266 Irving Ave., Bushwick, facebook.com/events)

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