Whether the rest of your family are hippy west coasters or you’re stuck working early on the 5th while your buddies head upstate for the long weekend, fear not, for there are many delicious things to eat and drink right here in Brooklyn.
Besides their delectable dinner menu and endless wine list, this Williamsburg sweet spot is of course known for its oysters and absinthe. They have separate menus dedicated to the two delicacies, proudly displaying more varieties of the shellfish than you knew existed. For the Fourth, they’re opening two hours earlier (noon) and dinner reservations beginning at 6 pm. Their simple advertisement vaguely promises the “chef’s specials” (which are sure to be delicious) as well as live music. And with just a few blocks between you and the water, you’re sure to get a glimpse of the fireworks if you plan it right.
298 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
Brooklyn Roasting Company & Brooklyn Brewery Boat Bash
Everyone’s favorite local roaster and brewery are teaming up to provide a Brooklyn-focused 4th of July out on the Hudson. Departing from Greenpoint, the three-hour cruise combines all the ingredients—booze, coffee, fireworks and boats—one may need for a perfect patriotic celebration. The party doesn’t set sail until 7:30, so spend the day at BBQs and house parties before heading down to the docks for one of the best viewing spots in the city. Traditional summer snacks like watermelon and hot dogs will be available, but picnic lunches are more than welcome. Preorder your tickets for one of the limited seats on board.
Greenpoint Terminal: India St., Greenpoint
One of Gowanus’ quickly expanding venues is quickly earning a reputation for throwing killer parties. This 4th, SRB (Soul, Rhythm & Blues) is hosting its 3rd annual Rockabilly Night Market. Fill your stomachs with some of the many food trucks, and like any true rockabilly party, there’s a PBR open bar for the first hour. Come enjoy music, dancing, and even a pin-up burlesque show while you enjoy your favorite traditional American foods from some of Brooklyn’s best. Get your tickets online for this fun-filled evening .
177 2nd Ave., Gowanus
The Ides Bar
Located inside Williamsburg’s hip Wythe Hotel, the Ides Bar is making going all out to celebrate the return of the fireworks to the East River. Feel free to stop by earlier for some drinks, but the real party begins at 6pm, when they’ll be kicking off their ticketed event on the roof. Get an incredible view of the city and the show while enjoying the Ides’ grilled sausages, German potato salad and, of course, plenty of drinks. This limited engagement should be a fun but relaxing night away from the chaos of the city. Tickets can also be purchased online.
80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
The venue will run as usual with food vendors and DIY boutiques, but this time you’ll get to enjoy it alongside some good ol’ Americana music. The folky, foot-stomping Spirit Family Reunion will be headlining, along with the sweet croons of Odetta Hartman and GunFight! And best of all, like all BK Bazaar events, it’s free. So what better way to celebrate this sweet land of ours then with local food, plenty of craft brews and some music to keep those skirts swinging.
165 Banker St., Williamsburg
For all you diehard Greenpoint residents, your favorite blog, Greenpointers, is teaming up with the Diamond to host an East River-Fireworks-Comeback Party, and the flyer is as patriotic as it comes, so we’re expecting big things. Beginning at 3pm there will be a cookout featuring foods from Yeah Dawg and Brewla Bars among others. The dance party kicks off around 7pm, with various DJs spinning the best American pride dance hits around. And of course the booze will be endless. Come by earlier in the day for some grub, or later in the evening for drinks and dancing.
43 Franklin St., Greenpoint
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