Whether you prefer to celebrate America’s birthday at a beach, inside a DIY music venue or by tossing your bod’ into a kiddie pool at your favorite Bushwick bar, we’ve got you. Enjoy this lovely summer holiday and remember to be grateful for the time of the year, mild weather and overall goodness that permeates the city. After all, it wasn’t a long ago that we were wearing those snow boots and parkas…
Celebrate in Bushwick bars
#1 Bushwick Pilsner Launch & July 4th BBQ @ Left Hand Path (SAT 2-6PM, $free)
89 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick
Celebrate America’s birthday with a cold bottle of brand new brew, Bushwick Pilsner, from Bushwick’s one and only beloved brewery Braven. The guys have used a historic recipe from 1900’s to create the perfect summer drink. Swing by Left Hand Path bar for a $5 Pilsner to flush down free BBQ food!
#2 4th of July @ The Rookery (whole 4th of July weekend, $free)
425 Troutman St, Bushwick
The Rookery never disappoints and so you can expect free hot dogs (while they last) and beer bucket specials whole weekend long. They’ll be showing Wimbledon and launching a specialty gin and tonic program to stay true to their Anglo-American endeavors.
#3 Second Annual 4th of July BBQ & an a Pool Party @ Montana’s Trail House (11AM til late, $free)
445 Troutman St, Bushwick
Your ultimate urban fantasy will be coming true for Montana’s Trail House is bustin out the pool in the front yard. Spend your whole day brunching and celebrating because they are grilling from 11AM into the night. Additionally you can win great prizes from local businesses in a Raffle to benefit The Youth Farm.
Eat tacos and dance at Rockaway Beach
LOCALS INDEPEN”DANCE” DAY BASH @ Rockaway Beach Surf Club (SAT 7PM, $free)
302 Beach 87th Street, Far Rockaway
The perfect 4th of July experience should almost always include a beach, tacos and dancing. Locals are bringing just that to Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Expect food by Tacoway Beach (heaven!), drinks by the SURF CLUB crew and music by Oriental BLVD. We’re so coming!
Celebrate with bands, beach and fireworks at Coney Island
I AM THE THIRD Coney Island @ Peggy O’Neill’s (SAT 2:30-11:45PM, $free)
1904 Surf Ave, Coney Island
Friendly manager of Pine Box Rock Shop, Alec Stephens III and his band, I AM THE THIRD, are taking it to Coney Island this Saturday. They are playing outdoors with a bunch of other bands shortly before the fireworks at 7:30PM. Purrfect!
Dance for 24 Hours with NYC best DJs
[email protected] for location
We have only high expectations from two highly regarded local party collectives which have teamed up to bring all ya crazy dance-heads 24-hour long marathon of fun. They will be hosting 20 DJs, including the legendary DJ Spider and Cocoon Recordings’ Simon Wish.
Celebrate in a DIY venue
#1 Kool A.D. ★ Cities Aviv ★ Yung Gutted @ Aviv (SAT 8PM, $13-15)
496 Morgan Ave, Greenpoint
#2 SUMMERJAM VII: Shea Stadium B-Sides, Flagland, Landline, Laser Background, Palm & Cuddle Formation @ Shea Stadium (SAT 5PM, $7)
20 Meadow St, East Williamsburg
Arrive to Shea early on Saturday for their BBQ and flag. Afterwards expect only great summer jams from B-Sides, Flagland or Cuddle Formation.
If you want to “Get Weird”…
609 Dekalb Ave, Bed Stuy
Let’s face it. On 4th of July things just might get weird. Follow Might Get Weird party collective to Bed Stuy for cheap drinks, great music, kiddie pools, BBQ, and American flag onesies.
Start your celebration early!
Broke City: Alien Body Takeover w/ Pictureplane, Cities Aviv, Ital, Umfang @ Lot 45 (FRI 10PM, $FREE with RSVP)
411 Troutman St, Bushwick
Great (and free) party will warm us up this Friday for Saturday’s festivities. Head to Lot 45 for live Pictureplane!
Also contributed Maria Gotay