Fourth of July means different things to different folks. For some it’s soaking up the sun at the beach, for others it’s a Barbecue gathering with friends, and for millions around the nation it’s watching fireworks dance in the dark sky. Some of us already have plans for the holiday weekend, and many of us are scratching our heads as to how to spend those three days. Fear not, living in New York City and the Tri-state area means there are many options for every taste and budget. Here are some recommendations:
Watch a game
Head on over to Coney Island’s MCU Park to watch the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Williamsport Crosscutters. You can watch this July 4 event for as little as $10! And while you’re there, stop by Nathan’s Famous to have some hot dogs on the boardwalk.
Show in the sky
Park yourself around the Brooklyn Bridge or the east side of lower Manhattan to watch some 40,000 fireworks displayed over the East River in Macy’s iconic Fourth of July Fireworks. Best thing about this activity? It’ll cost you nothing.
Get out of town
Grab your sunscreen and take a day trip to lie on the sand or go fishing with Long Island Railroad’s Beach Getaway packages. These trip packages will run you anywhere from $20.50 to $48 but they’re well worth the enjoyment factor.
Rooftop it up
Living in or near the city means that hanging out on top of buildings is an activity. Enjoy the pleasant evening breeze and grab a bite and sip on a cocktail on a myriad of rooftops available for your amusement. Try the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Northern Territory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Gallow Green in Chelsea (they’re hosting a fireworks viewing party with an all you can barbecue), Penthouse 808 in Long Island City and Pine Bar and Grill in the Bronx.
Have some barbecue
None of your friends having a barbecue get together? No problem. There are many smokehouse joints that will satisfy your charcoal-flavored meat cravings. Among them are Blue Smoke,, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, BrisketTown (these guys have $69 a 4th of July pack for four to eight people) and Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque.
See a show
If you’ve been meaning to catch a play or a concert and haven’t yet had the time, here’s your chance. The Metropolitan Opera is performing Cinderella on the 4th, The New York Philharmonic and The Commandant’s Own is commemorating our nation’s birthday with a star spangled celebration on the 4th, 5th and 6th and Broadway shows are a go all weekend.
Picnic in the park
Within its five boroughs, New York has 1,700 parks, playground and recreation facilities. Spend a low-key day on the grass napping, reading and feeding yourself. Find a green patch in your neighborhood or head on over to Central Park to picnic with thousands of others.