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10 Exciting Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in NYC!
June 27, 2023, 6:39.58 pm ET


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The sky’s the limit at Manhatta which is hosting a Sky-High 4th of July. The celebration on the 60th floor will offer panoramic views of the fireworks, as well as a BBQ spread, passed canapes and passed dessert, along with open bar, including spirits, beer and wine by the glass. Tickets are $295 per person. Must be 21+. Resy

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Chef Jose Andrés' Mercado Little Spain is hosting three Spanish chefs over the July 4th weekend with a special lunch on Saturday, July 1. Chef Carles Abellan, owner of Barcelona's Michelin-starred Comerç 24 will cook at La Barra, the Mercado’s own tapas bar; Chef Juanjo Lopez, owner and head chef of Madrid's La Tasquita and La Cocina de Frente, will cook at Spanish Diner, offering Iberian specialties; and Chef Albert Raurich, former head chef at Ferran Adrià's elBulli and owner of Michelin-starred Dos Palillos in Barcelona, will cook at Leña, Mercado’s grill-focused restaurant.

Photo: Loreley Beer Garden

Loreley Beer Garden on the LES is hosting it summer pop-up Margarita Beach Club, which will include special July 4th celebrations and drinks like the Frosé, White & Blue, a tri-color boozy frozen delight decked out with red, white or blue rubber duckies for the holiday. The street patio will be converted into a beach cabana with white drapes and teal and white striped bench cushions.

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American Brass in Long Island City is offering a July 4th cocktail party with passed appetizers, raw bar and tasty desserts, along with a 4 hour open bar with some of the best seats for the fireworks along the East River. The price is $160 per person (gratuity not included). For tickets, click here.

Photo: Roof at Park South

The Roof at Park South is marking Independence Day, on Tuesday, July 4th, with a BBQ cookout and an open bar from 6 pm – 11 pm. The party will begin with an hour of passed canapés, followed by food stations showcasing holiday favorites prepared by James Beard-nominated chef Bryce Shuman. The open bar will feature cocktail selections curated by Beverage Director Ivan Papic (formerly of Balthazar, Pastis, and Macao Trading Co.). Guests will have a stunning view of Macy’s fireworks on the East River. Tickets are $250 per person via tock

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A.R.T. NoMad rooftop bar, with stunning views, fun cocktails and and yummy small bites, will be hosting a July 4th party 31 stories in the sky atop Arlo NoMad offering breathtaking views of the Empire State Building and surrounding cityscape. The event runs from 8-11pm with open bar for three hours, including ART NoMad’s signature cocktails and a frozen holiday themed drink. Food includes hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetable skewers, waffle fries, pickle plate, kettle chips and more. $150 per person. Tickets here

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Cool World in Greenpoint (which recently updated its menu), will be offering a special menu of cookout classics on Sunday July 2nd and Monday July 3rd, starting at noon both days. Think burgers, corn dogs, several sandwiches (pulled pork, buffalo chicken, fried soft shell crab), ribs, Alabama style BBQ chicken, grilled corn, potato salad, mac & cheese and more. They have a large patio right on the edge of the park and it's the perfect place to people watch with a frozen drink in hand. (905 Lorimer Street, Resy.)

Photo: Three Maples

Three Maples in Bed-Stuy will have a seafood boil on Saturday July 1st starting at 4pm. $35 for a tray, which includes snow crab, clams, shrimp, corn and andouille sausage. (This is the official launch, hey will be doing this weekly on Saturdays all summer long.) They also just launched their new summer cocktail menu as well as a late night happy hour (10pm-close). No reservations, first come first served.

Photo: Riverpark

For one of the best viewing spots along the East River, look no further than Riverpark. The restaurant’s terrace and patio offers ultimate viewing on the 4th of July with live music, Chef Big Herm’s BBQ, signature drinks and more. In the event of inclement weather, guests can watch the show from inside. But it will cost you. Tickets are $424.84 per person.

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To celebrate Penny Williamsburg’s first Independence Day since its opening, the hotel will be offering a Penny Pachanga package from 6/30 - 7/6, which includes a dinner for two at elNico’s July 4th celebration and an overnight stay. The restaurant will be celebrating with a live DJ, speciality cocktails, a pre-coursed family-style barbeque and clam bake and a glimpse of all of the neighboring fireworks. Dinner slots begin at 5:30pm. For guests interested in attending the rooftop event without staying overnight, tickets are priced at $75 per person and reservations can be made here.


Photo: Macy's Firewoks

If you are looking for an affordable way to celebrate the July 4th holiday, you can join the masses along the East River for a night of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks with a jaw-dropping 25-minute display featuring more than 60-thousand shells and special effects from 5 barges along the East River. See our guide to the best locations by clicking here


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