Dogged L Mag intern Mariela went a-huntin’ for some patriotic good times for your holiday, and found the best places to watch the fireworks, and some other stuff tooâ€¦
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
What would New York be without Macy’s? They’ve given us so much: oversized balloons on Thanksgiving, ankle socks, The Miracle on Thirty Fourth Street, and of course tomorrow nigh’?s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Expect 55 times more fireworks than the average American show. S my D, Wisconsin! And even if their staff is underpaid and their shelves are under-stocked, at least they’ve got their priorities right.
9PM Prime Viewing Spots: Manhattan: East River Park, South Street Seaport, FDR Drive between 14th and 42nd Streets; Brooklyn: Greenpoint, Empire Fulton Derry State Park (in DUMBO), Brooklyn Heights Promenade; Anyone’s roof
Water Taxi Beach Party
For optimal firework viewing and BBQ buffet schmoozing, your best bet is the Water Taxi Beach Party at Hunter’s Point in Long Island City. A beach party in Queens? Sounds like something they do in All in the Family, right? Think again, my friend. Sure, it might be Queens, but the spit of sand is clean and looks out onto the East River (the water might not be so clean). Enjoy beach volleyball, live music, wine, beer and patriotic tropical drinks. Booze Cruise! Huzzah! The grill gets lit at noon.
Hunter’s Point, Long Island City at 2nd Street and Borden Avenue
The Great 4th of July Festival
Nothing says festival like fried food. Nothing says America like foreign street vendors. Honestly, where else would you want to show your patriotic sprit than in the historic maritime splendor of ye olde South Street Seaport, the city;s favorite mall-cum-open air fish market. People watching should be fun: tons of tourists, frazzled families, hawkers hollerin’ and peddlers pushin’. Mercantilism at its best, and funnel cake!
10AM -6PM Water Street from Fulton to Broad Streets
BBQ at Flatbush Farm
Time is running out. Do you know where your BBQ is at? Don’t stress if you don’t have an invite yet —Flatbush Farm’s got you covered. Tomorrow they’ll be grilling out on the patio at 3pm, with shish kebabs, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, black bean burgers, pulled pork, fried green tomato sandwiches, hamburgers, and fried chicken, corn on cob, watermelon, and deviled eggs, with chips and potato salad.
Flatbush Farm, 76 St. Marks Ave
Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest
As it was last year, when Joey Chestnut upset The Great Kobayashi, the International Hot Dog Eating Contest is our chance to make Uncle Sam proud. It embodies everything virtuous in our great nation: beef, baseball, Kosher stuff.
12PM; Nathan’s Famous at 1310 Surf Avenue
Ice Cream at The Shake Shack
If competitive eating gets you sick, head to the Shake Shack for some lighter fare. Tomorrow the city’s best seasonal ice cream kiosk will be serving Raspberry Lemon as its 4th of July Flavor of the Day, along with hamburgers, brats, cheese fries and Brooklyn beer on tap. Fuck bathing suit season.
11AM to 11 PM; Southeast corner of Madison Square Park, at Madison Ave. and E.23rd St.
The Spirit of â€˜76: A Fourth of July Pub Crawl
Remember your European vacation, circa 2001? Good times, right? National landmarks by day, discotecas and biergartens by night. Well, you’ve done it in Rome; you’ve done it in Amsterdam, now you can do it in lower Manhattan. After visiting numerous bars of historic distinction, you;ll have new appreciation for our nation’s historic involvement in the rum trade and whiskey rebellions. And wasn’t Sam Adams like the first president or something?
6:30-8:30 PM; Meet at 1 Bowling Green in Front of the Customs House