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10 Last-Minute Plans for Firing Up Your Fourth of July

Throw on your Stars and Stripes for these patriotic parties and shindigs.

Photo by Andrew Kluger/Courtesy of North Brooklyn Farms

Stuck in town for the long weekend? These last-minute parties—some within prime fireworks-viewing territory!—should get you in the patriotic spirit.

The Crown

As if the Lower East Side wasn’t scenic enough, this Bowery rooftop escape lets you gaze at the colorful nabe—and the main event happening on the East River—with 360-degree views from 21 stories above. Dress to the nines (or like royalty) for the fireworks, then let loose for the rest of the night with hip-hop and house tunes and spritzers essenced with rhubarb and violet. 50 Bowery (between Canal and Bayard Streets); doors open at 4 p.m.; tickets start at $70

Photo courtesy of the Crown

Kings County Distillery

Nothing says independence like a hot dog–eating contest, except you don’t have to go to Coney Island to watch it this year. Joey Chestnut’s infamous longtime rival, Takeru Kobayashi, will be pounding some dogs at Brooklyn Navy Yard’s bourbon base, raising money for the nonprofit Immigrant Families Together. You might not be hungry after watching him devour a mountain of wieners, but the Kings County team will be grilling plenty for you anyway. 299 Sands Street; 4 p.m.–midnight; free admission


Prefer your fireworks on the dance floor? Break it down at Jonathan Toubin’s New York Night Train party in Williamsburg. The DJ-producer, along with the mixtape masters behind Chances With Wolves, will be spinning their vinyl all night long at the Wythe Hotel’s sweet rooftop bar, Lemon’s. 80 Wythe Avenue; 5 p.m.; free admission with RSVP

Make (spiked) lemonade at Lemon’s. / Photo by Sayaka Ueno

Kimoto Rooftop Garden Lounge

“In Flex we trust,” Brooklynites will be shouting from the streets—and this rooftop perched on the 25th floor of the Sheraton Brooklyn. Hot 97’s Funk Master Flex will be taking over the turntables and the microphone for a noon-to-midnight throwback terrace party that’s sure to fulfill your lingering Yo! MTV Raps nostalgia216 Duffield Street, Downtown Brooklyn; noon–midnight; tickets start at $20

Brooklyn Cider House

Throw it down the Bushwick way at Brooklyn Cider House—where they’ll be roasting up a full suckling pig, slow-cooked on their dog-friendly outdoor deck—then challenge your fellow pork lovers to a rousing game of Jumbo Jenga. 1100 Flushing Avenue; noon–9 p.m.; free admission

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Cider House

Governors Island

Brews; ’cue; New York’s main boo, Lady Liberty. The ferry-accesible island floating in New York Harbor has just about everything you need to celebrate America’s independence in style, courtesy of Gowanus gem Three’s Brewing and its Italian-Southern friends at Popina. Liggett Terrace, noon–5 p.m.; free admission

10 Corso Como

This Milan import is ideal if you’re not about red, white, and blue attire but love easy access to fireworks. Some might say that aperitivosmolto Italiano light bites, and a mod garden setting are just slightly better than lukewarm Budweiser, burned hot dogs, and your Uncle Jerry’s mosquito-laden backyard. 200 Front Street (at Beekman Street), Seaport District

Photo courtesy of 10 Corso Como

Rockaway Beach Surf Club

While half of Queens will spend part of their Fourth catching some waves and rays, you’ll be busy prepping for the Technicolor festivities at this popular beachside hang. Don your best white tee and kicks, grab some rainbow-colored dust (compliments of the Surf Club), and let loose with about a hundred new friends till nightfall. 302 Beach 87th Street; 7–11 p.m.; free admission with RSVP

Photo courtesy of Rockaway Beach Surf Club

Achilles Heel

Cozy up at this restored dockworkers’ bar with the chef behind one of Mexico City’s trendiest eateries. Scarlett Lindeman of Cicatriz Café (and a former New Yorker!) and Achilles’s Desiree Tuttle will be lighting things up in their Greenpoint backyard and grilling skewers inspired by prominent flavors found beyond the U.S.-Mexico border. 180 West Street; 4 p.m.–late; free admission

North Brooklyn Farms

Spend one last Independence Day at this riverside farm getaway before it moves to a new home (location still TBD). Locavores will love the menu for the night—beer from Kings County Brewers Collective! Popsicles from Mom & IcePops! crudités from the farm!—while the younguns will have plenty of lawn games to keep them occupied until the fireworks show. 320 Kent Avenue; 5 p.m.; $20, free for ages 10 and under

Photo courtesy of North Brooklyn Farms

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