Where to Spend July 4th In Brooklyn And Queens


Since the city is giving a big FU to Brooklyn and Queens again by only having fireworks on the Hudson, here are some alternatives to watching the fireworks on July 4th:


• 4th of America Pizza Hot Dog Hamburger Party at Knockdown Center
Come to Knockdown Center to celebrates America’s Birthday. Pizza by Roberta’s. Beer by America. Hotdogs and Hamburgers by The Meathook.
Music by 1-800-Band, Dirty Fences, and Endless Boogie! $5 at the door.
More information here.


• Secret Project Robot 4th of July BBQ
4:00pm – 1:00am | FREE!
This year with DJ Ivan Sunshine and Reggae, African and World Beats mixed with all day bbq with drink specials and sprinklers going all the way into the night, plus, this will be the art opening of the Tiny art show curated by John Eric Lawson
More information here.


• Bushwick Rock City at Brooklyn Fireproof
This 4th of July, Bushwick goes America all over everybody’s ass! We’re bringing it back to Brooklyn Fire Proof and kicking out the jams day and night. We got BBQ, dual indoor/outdoor stages, a beer sponsorship by LAGUNITAS, and the groovy tunes of Beast Patrol, Cinema Cinema, Bloom and more.
More information here.

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Hilarious Promo Video: Rippers at Rockaway Beach (Kinda NSFW)

About Rippers:

This is your classic super group (Cream?, Cactus?, Velvet Revolver?). The Meat Hook and Roberta’s have joined together to form Rippers, along with Michelle Cortez, who has worked at Savoy and on her own catering events. “Rippers is about good vibes and good times,” says Cortez. The menu will feature burgers and dogs made by the Meat Hook, a quinoa black bean burger and other veggie items, boat drinks and more. There’s a surfing beach at 87th Street, so Rippers will also have a pro-shop co-curated by Chris Gentile from Williamsburg surf shop, Mollusk, where they will sell basic beach supplies like towels, flip flops, sunscreen and Sun-In, for that 80s nostalgia you ordered. Rippers will be open from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week, offering a surfer’s breakfast each morning.

Cortez indicated that Rippers plans to deep fry a number of items, and while she wouldn’t reveal their exact plans, she did say that they have been “experimenting with a fried pickle on a stick.” She also spoke highly of a Mexican wedding shot: a shot of tequila following by a lime wedge dusted with sugar on one side, finely ground coffee on the other.