Red, White & Brooklyn: Our July 4th Holiday Guide

Fire up the grill, put your feet up and support some local businesses this July 4th.

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Pick up this packed picnic on your way to Prospect Park (and try saying that five times fast.)

As far as we’re concerned, July 4th is as much about ice cream, barbecue and fireworks as it is about our nation’s history of independence.

Whether you’re firing up the Weber in your backyard (or on your balcony) or packing a picnic to eat by the East River, we’ve got suggestions for celebrating Independence Day locally.

James: Fried Chicken Picnic Basket No time to make your own picnic dinner? Pick it up from James en route to the park. The Old Bay Spiced Fried Chicken—along with a bacon potato salad, a kale salad and grilled pound cake with peaches—has the option of being packed in a market tote from James’ sister company, Cecil & Merl. Orders can be placed online or by phone (718-942-4255). Phone orders will be taken until noon on July 3rd. They can be picked up at James between 10am and 2pm on July 4th.

Kitchensurfing: July 4th chefs Celebrate the freedom to choose by choosing to let someone else handle the cookout this year. You pick the chef and a customizable menu—like a clambake or Spanish-style BBQ—and then all you’ll have to worry about is making sure you have enough ice for the cooler.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs: Annual July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest If you’re heading to the beach for the 4th, make a pit stop at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs for a boardwalk snack and to watch reigning contest champs Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas defend their titles.

Brooklyn Grange: Fourth of July Fireworks Dinner Get a front-row seat to the fireworks display over the East River at the Fourth of July Fireworks Dinner on the Brooklyn Grange. Dig into a brisket feast from BrisketTown and throw back some Brooklyn Brewery beers—and then have prime view of the fireworks at 9 p.m.

Coney Island Brewing Co.: Beer Garden at Peggy O’Neill’s During the Nathan’s contest, drop by Peggy O’Neill’s for a beer garden with Coney Island Brewing Co. on draft, plus barbecue, games and beach proximity.

The Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel: 4th of July Fireworks Viewing Throw on some red, white and blue and make your way to the roof of the Wythe for cold beer and rosé, housemade sausages, German potato salad and one of the best available views of the East River.

Feature photo: Flickr/Rian Castillo

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Caroline Lange

Caroline Lange is a writer and cook based in Brooklyn, NY.