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6 Exciting Things To Do & Eat On July 4th In NYC

Check out these restaurants, pop-ups, and special events all around NYC.

We are this close to another three-day weekend—one that includes a lot of BBQ and sparkly things in the sky. Whether you’d like to spend your Fourth of July by the water, on a rooftop, or anywhere that's sufficiently stocked with cold beer, here are some places to party with great food and views of the fireworks.


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The Rooftop at the Rockaway Hotel

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The Rockaway Hotel + Spa will be hosting a picnic on their rooftop, featuring a live DJ, classic American dishes, and views of the fireworks across the Atlantic Ocean, Jamaica Bay and NYC skyline. If you’re planning a full beach day for the holiday, check out some of our other favorite spots to eat in the Rockaways before you head to the rooftop in the evening. More info and tickets here.


Williamsburg’s Laser Wolf is the rare NYC rooftop where you can enjoy a spectacular view while eating a fluffy pita that you’d also kind of like to use as a neck pillow while you look up at the sky. They’ll be putting their charcoal grill to use at their 4th of July party where you’ll find food stations, a cash bar, and unobstructed views of fireworks starting at 8pm. With a (much) pricier ticket, you can reserve a table for a group and have a full sit-down Laser Wolf dinner with an open bar. Tickets and info here.


If you’ve spent all week day dreaming about colorful drinks in cabanas but can’t get to the beach this weekend, head to Loreley Beer Garden on Monday for the launch of Margarita Beach Club. Stop by to drink margaritas in a cabana on the sidewalk and flirt with whoever’s hanging out by the LES’s only lifeguard tower on the large patio in the back. The celebration starts with brunch at noon on Monday, and the beach club will remain open all summer.


Before you spend an entire BBQ impatiently standing over the resident Grill Person, make sure to pregame with a little lunch so those ribs can get some time and space to reach their full potential. King David Tacos will be offering its new Tex-Mex menu on Monday from 7am-3pm on their patio. There’ll be nachos, a make-you-own-taco platter, and Brooklyn-made lager and wine. The menu will also be available during usual weekend hours, Fri-Sun from 3-7pm. See details here.


If you forgot to devote this week to making a friend with a yard, The Dutch has you covered for all of your holiday cookout needs. Ribs, lobster rolls, corndogs, and cornhole will be available at their all-day cookout on Monday from 11am-8pm. More info here.


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Coney Island’s official fireworks show starts around 9:30pm on Monday. 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. Add a soundtrack to the fireworks show with live Billy Joel and Eagles covers at Salt & Sizzle in Luna Park, and don’t forget to check out Nathan’s legendary hot-dog eating contest earlier in the day.

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