Secret Bushwick Guide to 4th of July

By Katarina Hybenova


Since the 4th of July marks the unofficial beginning of summer, make sure you spend it somewhere nice, preferably outdoors and in good company! Bushwick is famous for its roofs, backyards and friendly community, and offers several great options this year. Here is our selection of five only-in-Bushwick 4th of July events.

#1 Jamaican sounds in the garden

Secret Project Robot is one of our favorite art spaces in Bushwick for its great space on Melrose Street and for its original event. For this year’s Independence Day, they have prepared vinyl musical selections of Jamaica sounds by Queen Majesty, Grace of Spades and Sweet V. Food. The party will be in a chill atmosphere in their gallery space and in the garden. The Robots are promising drinks and food as well. $4 will get you in.

Secret Project Robot 

389 Melrose Street


#2 Interactive games, tropical theme in a Bushwick backyard

Brooklyn Wildlife invites you over to a backyard on Troutman street, and promises a Tropical theme, a mini pool, and grilling contest…for starters. Grilling begins at 3pm, and eclectic live music at 6pm. These guys are also seeking artists to put up installations and enthusiasts to cook. Make sure to show up!

385 Troutman St


#3 Roof, anyone?

If you want to spend your Independence Day high on a roof observing serene Manhattan skyline, Bushwick industrial romance and, most importantly, fireworks, you should head to 1085 Willoughby Ave. These folks are hosting a cook out party with bands. This is a BYOMeat/BYOB event.

The Roof at 1085 Willoughby Ave.

Grilling at 5pm

Live music at 6pm

Fireworks at 9pm

#4 Bloody Maries + bands + cookout

One of the newest additions to the neighborhood’s cultural scene, The Paper Box, is throwing an event that looks like fun fun fun. There will be cookout, open grill, bloody marries, and a long line-up of performers. Go check ’em out at 17 Meadow Street.

The Paper Box

17 Meadow St

12pm-2pm: Bloody Mary’s and Mojitos

2pm-5pm: “Bring-Your-Own Meat” BBQ Open Grill

4:30: Live performance

#5 Summer Jam at Shea

DIY venue Shea Stadium prepared an extra early show for the 4th of July with a line up  of their all star bands (Dope Body, Roomrunner, Fuckton, Alan Watts, Ami Dang, Eleven Swords, Smhoak & Pals, The Jazz Massagers). Be there at 4:20pm with $10 in pocket for admission.

Shea Stadium

20 Meadow St

Doors 4:20pm

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