Say Hey to Independence Day!
By Jose Useche, resident blogger
Looking for plans this 4th of July? While it may seem like a good time to climb aboard a ship and dump boxes of tea into the Boston Harbor, the revolutionaries beat you to it. But not to worry! Roomors has got your back. We promise a good time and no taxation without representation. That was a history joke...sorry about that.
Anyways, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest places to get your ‘Merica on! Get your flags and Ray-Bans ready kids, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
Hit the beach!
As you may already know, NYC is home to plenty of beaches easily accessible by ferry or the train, but one beach is especially lit for July 4th. Coney Island, just off the N, D, F or Q trains, hosts a 4th of July party annually, complete with live music, food, booze, and of course, views of the fireworks from the boardwalk. Get there early so you can enjoy the sun, sand, Luna Park, and the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest which starts at 10am!
*Honorable Mention: Riis Park Beach Bazaar! Home to Rockaway beach, this oceanside hub features live-music, world-class food vendors, and beach equipment rentals all summer. Sadly, they don't have any exclusive events scheduled but they'll be open at 11am this Independence Day if you want to get your surf and snacks on!
We all know Gotham is famous for its skyline views and when it comes to the fireworks, elevation is key. We love 230 5th Avenue’s 4th of July Rooftop bash. With no reservations, a $20 entrance fee, and food served until midnight, you can’t go wrong with this hotspot situated in Chelsea.
Moving up, there’s Northern Territory in Brooklyn, with a $60 cover and drink specials on Jell-O shots and frozen cocktails. This fiesta at one of Brooklyn’s hottest rooftops is not to be missed.
Finally, you can catch a concert at Output’s legendary rooftop in Greenpoint for just $15 this Independence Day. Doors open at 3pm for drinks and live music-- at 10pm after the fireworks make your way downstairs to their club to hit the dance floor and shake your patriotic stuff. If your rooftop hunger still isn’t satiated check out this list for other spots to hit this July!
Party on the ground!
You don’t need to be above sea level to have a good time. And for those with a fear of heights, this is the jam for you. Long Island Flea, just over the water in Queens, hosts a July 4th party with FREE admission. Bring some cash so you can take advantage of their array of local food and drink vendors, but the plaza, with breathtaking views of the city and the fireworks is open well before and after the fireworks.
If you’re feeling extra American, Brooklyn Grange hosts a 21+ summer camp on their Navy Yard Farm, complete with unlimited beer and wine, hearty American food and vegetables, crafts, and contests. This is the perfect darty for those with work on the 5th and want something to scratch their party itch before bedtime. Tickets are $85.
Finally, there’s July 4th Extravaganza, hosted by House of Yes, Brooklyn’s hottest nightclub. This event brings day-drinking to the next level with barbeque and veggie options, frozen slushie drinks, courtyard dancing and a full lineup of sexy DJs. The party starts at 2 and stretches until midnight, so get your dancing shoes on, and if you show up before 5, entry is free!
Keep it low-key.
If you’re looking to skip the beer and just have a picnic or see the fireworks away from the hustle and bustle we’ve got some quaint (as quaint as New York City can be) spots to get away from it all.
The Travis Parade, which is over a hundred years old, takes place in Staten Island. Situated in a town that has a history that surpasses colonial days, this parade is perfect for those searching for an authentic, old-fashioned, blueberry pie 4th of July experience. The parade starts at noon and if you take the ferry in, you can catch the Statue of Liberty as you journey over!
Every year, Lincoln Center hosts a dance-athon on Independence Day entitled Midsummer Night’s Swing. This year is hosted by the Mambo Legends Orchestra, and arriving early garners you a free dance class to master your footwork before the party starts. Tickets start at $17, so grab a partner and hit up “New York City’s Best Dance Party Under the Stars.”
Grand Ferry Park, a former ferry landing situated in Williamsburg is quiet and tree-lined but still offers beautiful views of the New York City skyline and more importantly, the fireworks. Grab some friends, some lawn chairs, and some beers to host your own free 4th of July bash. If Grand Ferry Park is too crowded, you can also sneak over to Williamsburg’s less popular East River State Park for a private viewing!