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 Hudson Yards in Manhattan this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
You’ll find an awesome rooftop party a little way up the river at Hudson Terrace. This posh club has a roof deck with a garden and stellar river views. Inside, there are two levels and a DJ. They’re hosting an Independence Day Rooftop Brunch & Day Party on Sunday, July 4th from noon all the way until 10 pm. More details to come soon, so check back on the event page closer to the date!
Visit the Highline
The Highline might be the most unique park in the city, and it’s right near Hudson Yards. This stretch of reclaimed above-ground train tracks provides great views of the Hudson from up high, as well as gardens with native plants and trees, sculptures, and artwork. There are lots of benches and usually vendors, so you can cool off with lemonade or an ice cream. There are even little fountains near some of the benches made to stick your feet in, like a running stream. So, if you need an oasis this Fourth of July, head to this beautiful urban greenspace.
At the time of writing, it’s too early to tell whether there will be any events happening on the 4th, but check back on their events page as the date approaches. Often, there will be tours, interactive exhibits, or music.
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! So, gather your people and head a little bit uptown to the 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.
While you’re not grilling, there’s plenty to do in Central Park to entertain the whole family. Burn off some calories on a sports field, let the kids loose on a playground, rent a canoe in the Lake, or birdwatch in the Ramble! You can easily spend the whole day exploring the park.
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