Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Carnegie Hill in New York City this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and while it’s normally pretty hard to find a place to legally do that in Manhattan, Independence Day is one of only three days a year that you’re permitted to grill in Central Park! Here’s everything you need to know:
· Grilling is allowed on July 4th only, not throughout the whole holiday weekend.
· Grilling is not allowed at playgrounds, athletic fields, fenced-off landscapes, woodland areas, and the Conservancy Gardens.
· You must use charcoal, not propane.
· Stay 10 feet away from trees and structures and make sure the grill is at least three feet off the ground.
· Dispose of coals and matches in designated red barrels.
· If you have a group of more than 20 people, you’ll need a permit.
Go to a Baseball Game
As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And New York City’s baseball teams, the Yankees and the Mets just happen to be facing off this year on July 4th at 7:08 pm. It really can’t be easier to get up to Yankee Stadium from Carnegie Hill. Just hop on the 4 train, which cuts right through the neighborhood (stops at 86th Street and 96th Street), and take it straight up to 161 St – Yankee Stadium. You’ll be there in less than 20 minutes.
Tickets will be sold in limited numbers called “pods” to try to keep social distancing and limited capacity within the stadium. At the time of writing, Yankee Stadium is allowed to be at 33% capacity, but more pods will get released as local regulations change. Check back here for more information as the 4th approaches.
Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July! While it’s a bit of a trek, the easiest beach to get to from Carnegie Hill is Brighton Beach. Simply hop on the Q train from either 86th Street or 96th Street at 2nd Avenue, then ride it to the Brighton Beach stop. It will take a little over an hour, which is well worth it for a beach day.
While no NYC beach won’t be crowded on July 4th, Brighton Beach is going to be less packed than its neighbor, Coney Island. But if you feel like taking a stroll towards all the action, you can walk over to Coney Island via the boardwalk. Otherwise, enjoy this huge, sandy beach which usually has tame, family-friendly waves.
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