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July 4th events in NYC: Rooftop parties, barbecues and more

June 30, 2014

By Nina Ruggiero, amNewYork, New York

June 30--Yes, we New Yorkers live in a melting pot, but somehow the cultural diversity that fills our everyday lives makes taking at least one day every year to celebrate the good old U S of A that much sweeter.

So put on your best red, white and blue and get ready to party, because NYC's going all out this year, from bottomless barbecues, brunches and boat cruises to rooftop revelry. Which option you'll choose is up to you-- this is the land of the free, after all.

For families

Perhaps the best bet for family-friendly fun all Fourth of July weekend long, the South Street Seaport Pier Party includes classic American live music, from swing and bluegrass to marching bands, a screening of "The Avengers," face painting, locally-sourced craft beer and wine, and, of course, a prime spot for watching the Macy's fireworks. Events start at Noon on Thursday, at 1 p.m. on Friday, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Where: South Street Seaport, Manhattan

Info: For a full calendar of events and activities, visit

For the fireworks

As SoHo's tallest rooftop, Sonny's Soda Shoppe at the Mondrian offers breath-taking views of the Macy's firework show, and a poppin' party to boot. $175 will get you admission, plus pizza, Italian sausages, hot dogs and gelato. Get there at 4 p.m. for free rose and Peroni beers.

Where: 9 Crosby St., Manhattan

Info: To purchase tickets, visit

For city views

Enjoy 360 degree views of the city out of floor-to-ceiling windows at this 30-story-high cocktail lounge, while noshing on sirloin sliders, mini lobster rolls, mac and cheese cupcakes and more. Indoor and outdoor space will be open for partying, HDTVs will show the Macy's fireworks, a DJ will provide live entertainment and red, white and blue specialty cocktails will be served. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Where: 200 West 39th St., Manhattan

Info: 212-257-4577;

For pool time

What's better than spending the Fourth of July poolside? Spending it poolside on a SoHo rooftop with views of the Macy's fireworks, of course. You'll also be sipping hand-crafted cocktails and snacking on burgers, kobe franks in a blanket, charcuterie and cheese plates and dancing to a live DJ. This all goes down at 5 p.m.

Where: 15 Thompson St., Manhattan

Info: 212-201-9118;

For sailors

Beat the landlubbers (that's pirate talk for non-seamen) on an Independence Day cruise aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship. The ship sets sail at 5:30 p.m. Friday and returns shortly after 10 p.m. You'll pass the Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and get a front row seat to the Macy's fireworks show while eating a barbecue dinner and enjoying an open bar. (And, just think of the endless opportunities to post "I'm on a boat!" on your social media accounts.) Tickets are $350 for adults and $275 for kids under 12.

Where: Clipper City, lower Battery Park

Info: To purchase tickets, visit

For brunch

Get the party started early at Sotto 13 in the West Village with unlimited brunch cocktails, wood-fired pizzas, small plates and sides for $29 per person from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Take part in the pig roast for an extra $5, which includes slow-roasted porchetta with a fried egg and pulled pork hash, or dig into vegetarian fare, like the rosemary focaccia French toast,while lounging in the outdoor cafe.

Where: 140 W. 13th St., Manhattan

Info: 212-647-1001;

For an all-day cookout

The Dutch will be celebrating non-stop from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Friday, with all-American treats including corn dogs on a stick with cheddar and spicy mustard, a pig plate and funnel cake. Plus, the watermelon punch is big enough to keep four people in the partying mood.

Where: 131 Sullivan St., Manhattan

Info: For reservations, call 212-677-6200. View the full menu at

For something new

Spyglass, a brand new rooftop bar with unobstructed views of the (soon to be red, white and blue) Empire State Building, sits on the 22nd floor of the Garment District'sArcher Hotel. The roof will open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday with a DJ, festive cocktails and menu items from the David Burke fabrick team, including candied bacon, avocado panna cotta, chickpea fries and more.

Where: 47 W. 38th St., Manhattan

Info: 212-719-4100;

For soccer fans

If America, beer, barbecue and soccer are on the list of things you love, this is the Fourth of July party for you. Celebrate both Independence Day and the start of the World Cup quarter-finals at Paulaner's BeerBQ, where platters of roast suckling pig and house-made pork sausage slathered in BeerBQ sauce, plus potatoes and cabbage slaw along with two half-liters of in-house brewed beer will be served up for $42. The World Cup will be on TV, of course, and a special World Cup menu will also be offered.

Where: 265 Bowery, Manhattan

Info: 212-780-0300,

For endless BBQ

Indulge the American way-- with unlimited food and beverages-- on Yotel's scenic terrace. Eats include fried chicken, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, peach cobbler and more, and drinks range from beer and wine to red, white and blue(berry) sangria. Unlimited food only is $50 per person from 2 to 5 p.m., or you can include unlimited drinks during that time-span for $65. From 6 to 9 p.m., unlimited food and drinks are $75, or $65 for hotel guests.

Where: 570 10th Ave., Manhattan

Info: 646-449-7790;

For Brooklyn-style fun

Maison Premiere, the Williamsburg spot known for its oysters and absinthe, will kick off Fourth of July fun at Noon on Friday with seafood specials including grilled Creole shrimp with tomato salad, refreshing new summer cocktails, house-made ice cream sandwiches and live music from the Bedford Avenue Society Band.

Where: 298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

Info:; 347-335-0446

For an Italian twist

Fornino's Fourth of July feast may have you praising Italy as you stuff yourself with antipasti and pizza from the Brooklyn Bridge Park eatery's wood-burning ovens, but when you catch the unparalleled view of the Macy's fireworks from the roof, there will be nothing but the good ol' U.S.A. on your mind. Unlimited food from 7 to 11 p.m. is $75, and there will be a cash bar.

Where: Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Info: 718-422-1107;

For carnivores

If Brooklyn-brewed beer, bacon, beach balls and tiki torches don't get you in the American spirit, nothing will. Enjoy all the roasted pig you can eat (there will be two, a Hawaiian Kahlua pig and a black pepper pig) plus sides and unlimited beer for $48, and get a view of the Macy's fireworks. Festivities begin at Noon on Friday.

Where: 133 Essex Street, Manhattan

Info: To buy tickets, email

For boozy ice pops (and prizes!)

Stop by the Loopy Doopy rooftop bar at the Conrad New York for stunning Hudson River views and a grown-up version of your favorite childhood summertime snack. Prosecco and ice pop cocktails will be served, and prizes will be revealed on their sticks. What's more fun than that? Plus, nosh on light bites like the sea salt and olive oil potato chips with truffle parmesan aioli and try your hand at winning a complimentary weekend stay for two in the grand Conrad Suite. The fun starts at 4 p.m.

Where: 102 North End Ave., Manhattan

Info: 646-769-4250;

For show tunes

Broadway supper club 54 Below is celebrating the holiday with "54 Sings 1776," where music from Tony Award-winning musical "1776" will be sung by members of the original Broadway revival cast, including Michael McCormick (pictured), Daniel Marcus and Paul Michael Valley. Four shows take place on Thursday and Saturday, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Cover starts at $50, and there is a $25 food and beverage minimum.

Where: 254 W. 54th St., Manhattan

Info: Make reservations at


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