4. Gansevoort Poolside BBQ
THE Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, a 5-star hotel in Tribeca, has a “Go Fourth at Gansevoort” offer: Guests get 15% off rooms plus two tickets to their rooftop barbecue during the vacation itself. Participating guests can enjoy a dip in the pool and a 360 degree view of the city. Note that the Macy’s fireworks soar over the East River this year rather than the Hudson, so Gansevoort’s view of this show may be obscured.
5. Penny’s Pachanga in Brooklyn
Check Pennyone of the hottest new hotels in Williamsburg, and visit the rooftop bar and restaurant elNico (Conde Nast TravelerLara Kramer’s Director of Audience Development notes in her review that the spot is “a destination in its own right”). Over the 4th of July weekend, the hotel is launching its Penny Pachanga, a barbecue-style clam bake with live entertainment. You can get your tickets via Resy; they start at $75 and include dinner. Williamsburg’s location on the East River won’t detract from your views of the fireworks either.
6. An open-bar party at the Wythe
Another Williamsburg joint making the most of its proximity to the East River is Bar Blondeau, Wythe Hotelrooftop bar. Tickets for this chic soiree are $250 on Resy and include, in addition to the views, an open bar with a selection of cocktails, wine and Talea beer from the brewery down the street, and 4th of July-inspired bites from The Crocodile. There will also be live DJ sets.
Family friendly business
7. Brewery Gatherings in Talea
Brooklyn’s first women-owned brewery, Talea Beer Co., opens its two bars in the borough, in Williamsburg and Cobble Hill, for a family offer on July 4. Talea’s delicious beers will, of course, be available in droves for those looking to imbibe them straight from the source, but kids and anyone looking for non-alcoholic fun can order slushes as refreshment. Craftsmanship is also on the table.
8. A block party at Skyline Drive-In
Also in Brooklyn, one of the city’s newest drive-ins, Skyline, takes advantage of its expansive waterfront space to give patrons an unobstructed view of the fireworks in the form of a grand party neighborhood – no cars allowed. Outside food and drink is also prohibited, so you’ll need to head to the built-in food stand for refreshments. Seats are always available at different levels – get tickets here.
Dance parties all day (and all night)
9. Afternoon DJ sets at Queens’ Knockdown Center
Dance in the open at the outdoor Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens. DJ Tennis and the Italian duo Mind Against, known for their funky electronic style, are in charge of the music from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., it’s a real dance party during the day. The ruins of the Knockdown Center make a great dance floor on the most ordinary of evenings, but with all the fireworks lighting up the sky that night, it’s sure to be especially fun. Tickets are $46 and can be purchased through Dis.fm.
10. Rooftop sets at Elsewhere in Bushwick
For another electronic club with eye-catching 4th of July lineup in the boroughs, check out Somewhere else in Bushwick, Brooklyn, whose rooftop dance floor draws people from all over for its always thrilling concerts and DJ sets. Tickets are $34 plus shipping, and you can bundle them into packs of three or five for a discount. Once there, climb these large industrial steps and enjoy seven hours of rhythms from DJs BKLAVA and Hamdi. This event also runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and there is tent shade available for those who wish to dance away from the sun.
11. A performance by Kehlani at “The Day Party” in Coney Island
Not far from Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, and starting shortly after, is The Day Party at the Brooklyn Boardwalk. The festivities, which in the past have hosted performances by Drake, Doja Cat and Travis Scott, begin at 3 p.m. and this year will feature singer and songwriter Kehlani. Tickets are required and start at $45.
About the Author: Charlie Hobbs is Editorial Assistant at Condé Nast Traveler, where he regularly covers culture and events in New York.