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NYC City Guide: 4th of July Festivities 2018

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By Farah Lopez, WhereTraveler

This year, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the nation’s largest pyrotechnic display, comes to life over the East River with barges stationed between East 23rd and 40th sts., putting a special spotlight on Greenpoint and Williamsburg Brooklyn. Beginning at approximately 9:25 pm, this year’s dazzling spectacle will mark Macy’s largest display since the Millennial Celebration with more than 75,000 shells accompanied by a rousing patriotic score from the West Point Band and Glee Club and featuring a special rendition of “God Bless America” from superstar Kelly Clarkson in honor of the 100th anniversary of “God Bless America” composer, Irving Berlin. From parks to historic ‘hoods to rooftop lounges, there are tons of places in NYC to catch the kaleidoscope of color. Also make sure to cash in on some great dining specials happening around the city. Here are just a few.

Front Row Fireworks 

Front Row Fireworks is offering some New York’s best view of the 42nd annual Macy’s Fireworks show at the East 34th St. Heliport from 6 pm-midnight. This day-to-night blowout provides ticket holders with exclusive access to a private East Riverfront locale where guests will be front and center for America’s most famed fireworks show. This private event gives guests exclusive access past the packed crowds and delivers an over-the-top July 4th celebration complete with live music, various food vendors serving up barbeque, burgers and everything in between with multiple fully stocked bars and beer tents. Entertainment includes life-size versions of your favorite games including giant Jenga, ping pong, chess and more courtesy of Clinton Hall and Slate. General Admission starts at $35, reserved seating starts at $75, and reserved tables start at $400 per four people.
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Domino Park

Greenpoint’s newest addition, Domino Park, has already become a summer Instagrammable destination for North Brooklynites and visitors alike. This spot is gonna be one of the best spots to catch the fireworks this year. Beyond skyline views, the refurbished spot has a dog run, a bocce court, beach volleyball, and naturally, ample tables and chairs for sucking down margaritas and grilled pork tacos at Danny Meyer’s latest venture, an affordable taco stand called Tacocina. Stake out a spot on the elevated walkway for firework views.

The Crown

The Crown is one of those rooftops with crisp, cream-colored sofas that never seem to stain. The space is dope and minimalist, with floor to ceiling windows with 360-degree views of Manhattan and, more importantly, the official Macy’s fireworks over the East River. General admission tickets get you a free cocktail and one hour of vodka open bar. Without a bad seat in the house, this spot is gonna be lit.

Schimanski Nightclub

If you're more into partying it up instead of camping outside for the fireworks, head to nightclub Schimanski in Williamsburg to jam with French DJ and tropical house producer Klingande to America for an all-star musical set kicking off at 10 pm. If you want the best of both worlds, step out onto North 11th Street before the show and catch the fireworks over the East River before dancing the night away.
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Haven Rooftop

The Sanctuary Hotel is hosting a 4th of July celebration on its rooftop lounge, Haven in Midtown Manhattan where you can to chow down on classic pretzels, hot dogs and hamburgers. Down these delicious all-American bites with its freedom slushies and craft cocktails.



NYC Dining Deals and Events for July 4th

[post_ads]All day on July 4th, Virgil’s Real BBQ offers a special star-spangled platter ($39.95) that features Memphis-style pork spare ribs, sliced Texas beef brisket, flavor-packed Carolina pulled pork and quartered barbeque chicken. The meaty platter comes with a choice of two sides, with options including hickory smoked baked beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttermilk biscuits, sautéed collard greens and more. For cocktail lovers, Virgil’s offers a festive red, white and blue “All-American” kicked-up lemonade ($12) with Skyy strawberry vodka, frozen lemonade and Blue Curacao.

Feel like pre-gaming before the fireworks? Head to La Pecora Bianca (which translates to the white sheep) and get sheep-faced with half off all rosé on July 4th! Both locations in NoMad and Midtown East will be offering this awesome deal. Pair your libations with its vibrant Italian fare including its signature gramigna with sausage and broccolini and tagliatelle with beef and pork bolognese all made with local, organic grains often sourced from the Hudson Valley and surrounding farm areas.

The elegant Riverpark from Top Chef honcho Tom Colicchio will capitalize on its prime East River location this 4th, hosting an all-inclusive Independence Day barbeque affording prime views of the evening's fireworks display. The festivities will kick off at 6 pm when the bar opens and lawn games like corn hole and bocce are set up. Then, graze barbeque stations loaded with Texas-style smoked brisket, a spicy seafood boil and a whole roasted pig. The night will conclude with passed desserts, including a summery buttermilk pannacotta with strawberry and almond shortbread.
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Kick off the Fourth with bagels for your crew! Order one of Black Seed Bagels’ signature packages to munch on while you watch the fireworks. If you fall in love with the combo, you can order them and they'll meet you at home (available for shipping nationwide). Try the classic smoked salmon and cream cheese package, or get a little adventurous with beet lox and cream cheese. The honey boiled and baked bagels are crowd pleasers.

The New Orleans-inspired salon Maison Premier devoted to the twin pleasures of oysters and absinthe will open early on the 4th for its annual Independence Day party. Starting at noon, chef Lisa Giffen will serve a BBQ-centric, a la carte menu featuring plenty of seafood, all accompanied by the jazzy sounds of the Bedford Avenue Society Band. It's first-come, first-served seating, so get there early to snag a table in the lovely, shaded garden.

Wanna create your own picnic to enjoy during the fireworks? Poulet Sans Tête—the rotisserie chicken takeaway service from West Village charmer Left Bank is your last minute holiday-weekend saving grace. Place an order for pick-up via the website and have your order ready for pickup before you head to the East River waterfront. What’s more? The first 20 orders placed this Friday, June 29th before the long weekend, will include a complimentary Poulet Sans Tête cosmetics pouch—perfect for your outdoor touch-up needs.

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