1. LIC Flea Hosts 1st Night Market
12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Fifth Street and 46th Avenue
Long Island City
What’s better than the Long Island City Flea market? Perhaps the LIC Flea at night. Bonus points? Watching Macy’s beautiful Fourth of July fireworks display as you chow down on a diverse array of local New York City vendors or shop for jewelry, clothes, antiques and more. The night market, which extended its hours from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., will also spotlight a Queens-oriented wine and beer garden featuring local breweries such as Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and SingleCut Beersmiths.
2. Independence Day at Prospect Park
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Audubon Center near the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, Prospect Park
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
ProspectPark celebrates the country’s independence with a number of fun-filled activities throughout the day. There will be daylong access to carousel rides plus opportunities to learn about how the bald eagle became America’s symbol of independence. At 4 p.m., meet some of the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection and take part in a live feeding. To get more festive, create your own plumed hat and sign a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence.
3. Pig Roast and Seafood Boil
5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Dassara, 271 Smith St.
Admission: $3 at door, plate of pig sides for $12, plate of blue crab for $15
Looking for something more “foodie” this year? Well, head on over to Dassara for a taste of a whole-roasted pig and plates of blue crabs. There will also be $5 draughts and fresh honeydew melon tea. To round up the night, vinyl DJs Kroba and Ctrl will perform.
4. Louis Armstrong
34-56 107th Street
Admission: Free, members only
Listen along to the Cool Garden Summer Concert Series performers, The Ladybugs, while eating delicious soul food.The perfect way to celebrate Independence Day and jazz music all in one!
5. Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar
Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar, 27-05 39th Ave.
Long Island City
Admission: $65 for entrance fee & food; $20 for children under 12
If you are in the mood to watch fireworks but you do not want to be huddle amongst the masses at Gantry State Park, opt for a Long Island City rooftop lounge for a good view and luxurious atmosphere. There are some family-friendly lounges on this particular night, and that includes Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar. You can bring your children along for a fantasic look at the Manhattan skyline, the fireworks display and some good ole rooftop BBQ.
6. Foraging in
Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Blvd.
If you’re not a fan of BBQ or loud music, get in touch with peaceful nature by going on a walking tour around Forest Park. The foraging tour will be lead by passionate naturalist Steve “Wildman” Brill. You may know him as the guy who was arrested in Central Park in 1986 for eating a dandelion.
7. Third Annual Fourth of July Beach Party
Surf Ave between W 37th and Brighton 15th Streets
Spend a day celebrating the nation on one of the nation’s most popular beaches. The party lasts all day long on the beach, but you could take breaks to ride the Cyclone (if you dare). Coney Island even has their own set of impressive fireworks.
8. Nathan’s 2015 Hot Dog Eating
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1310 Surf Ave
Nothing says Fourth of July more than fireworks and the popular Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. If you’re too busy doing your own grilling, you can catch all of the action on ESPN2 as well as the women’s event on ESPN 3 at 11 a.m.
9. Fireworks Viewing
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Get to the park by 3 p.m. to secure a good spot to view the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks later at night. The view from the park offers some of the most classic and beautiful shots. To enter the park, use the park’s entrances at Old Fulton and Furman Streets, Joralemon and Furman Streets or Old Dock and Furman Streets. Bags will be checked by the NYPD.