Fireworks. Cookouts. Endless stars and stripes. These are essential to any Independence Day celebration nationwide, but NYC is the place to step it up a notch with unconventional and inventive ways to celebrate. From sailing the seven seas (okay, the Hudson) to rooftopping with the best view in town, we’ve got this year’s plans covered. Cheers to that.
1 Manhattan by Sail
It's a bar. It's a boat. It's...Fourth of July aboard the Shearwater and Clipper City courtesy of Manhattan's premier sailing destination. Round up the whole family and head to Battery Park for an unforgettable barbecue at sea, perfect for all ages. Did we mention open bar?
385 South End Avenue and 1 Battery Place, respectively
2 Hamptons, Anyone?
Chances are many a group will be Hamptons bound for July 4th weekend (and many a weekend after that, for that matter). We've selected the highlight of the festivities in the form of the art event of the year, a three-day extravaganza combining art of many mediums with parties left and right. Go for the Black Card for all access throughout the weekend -- a guaranteed great time on the 4th and its surrounding days throughout the festival.
3 Staycation at the Peninsula
No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without rooftop fireworks, now would it? We've selected the best view in the city at our favorite Midtown al fresco destination, The Peninsula Hotel's Salon de Ning. With an excellent bar program and unparalleled panoramic views, this rooftop is the perfect place to sip both old-school and reinvented cocktails and take in the view until the wee hours of the morning. Make a weekend of it and snag a room at the hotel, saving the next day for the sun deck at The Peninsula's world class spa.
700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street
4 Brooklyn Bound: The Gorbals
Celebrity Chef Ilan Hall's Brooklyn outpost, The Gorbals, is the talk of the town and certainly worth the inter-borough trek this Independence Day. Look forward to a prix fixe menu of spare ribs with crispy ginger and crunchy red berries, house smoked chicken, charred slaw, and all the fixings for the perfect celebratory cookout. Guests are encouraged to grab a plate or two in the main dining room and head up to the rooftop cabanas to enjoy cocktails with a view as the fireworks commence.
98 North 6th Street, Brooklyn
5 Picnic al Fresco with Petrossian
For all the DIY-ers out there, we've got the ultimate July Fourth plan in store. Pick up the phone and dial New York's one and only caviar concierge to curate the perfect picnic basket, available for pickup or scheduled delivery, and head on over to the nearest park, blanket in tow.