Happy July 4th weekend. Whether you’re looking for grilling supplies, you’re in the mood to listen to poetry alone in Elizabeth Street Garden because everyone you knew has left town, or you and some friends want to dance in a place most accurately described as “the laser room,” this list has something for everyone.
If you enjoy involuntarily oohing and aahing at exploding lights and colors, the city has designated the FDR as the official watching zone for the 9:30pm fireworks show over the East River (with entry points at East 23rd, East 34th, and East 42nd Streets). But if you’re in Queens or North Brooklyn, Anable Basin in Long Island City - one of our favorite places to drink by the water - is selling $40 tickets for their waterfront tables. You can only buy them in person at their bar, so show up early.
There’s a big block party happening right on the water at Skyline Drive-In in Greenpoint with DJs, outdoor food vendors, and drinks. The party starts at 1pm, but you can also book tickets for Skyline-Drive In’s outdoor showing of Independence Day (which guarantees you great seats to the fireworks show afterwards). And if you’re looking for good restaurants in the area beforehand, read our just-updated Greenpoint guide.
Unfortunately, this weekend’s forecast looks slightly different from the sunny perfect weather we’re all envisioning in our minds. For anyone seeking shelter someplace other than their own apartment, Fotografiska in Nomad is showing a series of Hassan Hajjaj’s portraits, which challenge stereotypical presentations of Arab aesthetics and culture. For more newly opened galleries and museum exhibits around the city, read NYCGo’s helpful compilation here.
If you’re hosting a grilling party (or need inspiration to carry that tiny charcoal grill up to your unfinished roof), know that one of our pandemic-era delivery projects, Parchment, is selling Al Ha’Esh 4th of July Grill Box (which translates to “on the fire” in Hebrew). Each kit comes with sourdough flatbread, dips, slaw and salads, pickles and olives, sweet corn, and your choice of protein to add on (honey-lemon chicken wings, merguez sausage, brisket burgers on challah sesame buns, or cumin dry-rub short ribs that are pre-smoked). Place your order for pick-up on 991 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn or delivery on Saturday.
The first-place Mets are playing the non-first-place Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx all weekend, and there are plenty of tickets still available. Friday and Sunday’s games start at 7:05pm, and Saturday’s begins at 1:05pm.
Have you been feeling that strange, bubbling-up sensation recently, demanding a night of dancing? One option this weekend is to go to Mood Ring, an astrological-themed bar in Bushwick with DJ parties happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check out the lineup here, and read the latest restaurant advice column for more places you can dance in NYC right now.
There’s another official fireworks show on Coney Island starting around 10pm on Sunday, July 4th. If you want to make a whole day of it, we have a guide to the best things to eat while you’re in the area. Plus, Doja Cat is headlining a party right by the boardwalk at outdoor gallery, Coney Art Walls. Doors open at 2pm, and you can find more ticketing info here.