01 of 09
July 4 in Brooklyn: What's Going On to Celebrate Independence Day, July 4th?
While tens of thousands of locals pour out of New York City for a 4th of July vacation, millions of tourists come into the City to visit—and millions of New Yorkers stay home, too! Here's a brief overview of July 4th in Brooklyn, NY, with details, links, and ideas on the following pages. Have a fabulous 4th of July in Brooklyn! There's plenty to do for tourists and locals alike!
And, for general information: A Visitors Guide to Brooklyn, NY
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02 of 09
Nathan's July 4 Hot Dog Contest
For decades, the Coney Island hot dog eating contest, sponsored by Nathan's Famous hot dogs, at the site of their original store near the Atlantic Ocean boardwalk and Coney Island's Cyclone roller coaster, has been a July 4th favorite. Since 2010, when competition was doubled, there's both a women's and a men's division. About 40,000 onlookers watch as a roster of preselected competitors stuff as many hotdogs into themselves as then can in ten minutes.
Can I Show Up & Participate in this Coney Island Hot Dog Contest? No. The contestants are selected beforehand. Not everyone can join in and slow eaters need not apply! You have to be able to stuff a more than a few dozen dogs into your mouth in a period of ten minutes.
Is there a Women's Competition? Yes! There's a "women's division," since 2011.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Macy's July 4th Fireworks in New York City
According to Macy's, the best Brooklyn access points will be
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- Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.
- For boater viewing restrictions, call Macy's Marine Hotline at (212) 494-5243.
- Any rooftop with views of the top of the Brooklyn Bridge! Check out our list of rooftop bars, many of which you can catch a glimpse of the fireworks.
- Spend 4th of July at Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard (unfortunately this is sold out for 2017, but keep this unique celebration in mind for the future).
04 of 09
4th of July Brooklyn Barbeque!
4th of July Brooklyn Barbeque! Where to Get Sausages, Brooklyn BBQ Recipes & More
What else do you do on July 4th weekend? Have a barbeque, of course! You've got the friends. But what about the food, the recipes, and the venue? Read on.
1. Brooklyn Butchers Where You Can Get Great Sausages, Steaks, Dogs for a 4th of July Barbeque
You can always go to the supermarket for packages of hot dogs (including Brooklyn's homegrown Nathan's brand), but for interesting, fabulous and freshly made hot dogs with special flavoring, or of a vegetarian persuasion, or good chicken sausages or kielbasa, you've got a lot of choice in Brooklyn.
(These aren't the only great butchers in Brooklyn by a long shot, but they're good bets for great July 4th sausages and hot dogs.)
On the other hand, if you're having a huge party and want to watch costs, head to Brooklyn's giant Costco, Fairway or your local... supermarket.
2. No Yard? No Deck? Have a BBQ in a Brooklyn Park
If you're in the city and you don't happen to have access to a back yard, but want to have a BBQ, what to do? Head to one of Brooklyn's many parks. But be forewarned, you can't just set up your grill and fire it up! You can barbeque in special areas only, and it's smart to stake out your place very early in the morning (because everyone else does!).Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
July 4 for Kids: Events at Prospect Park
Two Educational, Fun Activities for Kids on July 4th Weekend, at Lefferts House in Prospect Park
There's nothing like re-enacting something to get the whiff of how it felt to live the original event. That's why, for July 4th, there are special children's events offered at Prospect Park, both designed to encourage children to feel like they are part of a meaningful historic celebration. This 4th of July, kids can participate in a Declaration of Independence Signing, 2–4 pm. Lefferts Historic House ($3 suggested donation).
Where: Lefferts Historic House is located inside Prospect Park. It's near the Park’s entrance, at the intersection of Flatbush and Ocean Avenues and Empire Boulevard.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Explore Brooklyn on July Fourth! 4 Neighborhood Walks: DUMBO, Red Hook, etc.
II. Self-Guided: Brief Neighborhood Walking Tours in Brooklyn New York
Take a breather, and explore Brooklyn at your own pace! The borough is full of interesting neighborhoods, each quite different from the next. For a a self-guided tour of different neighborhoods during July 4th, consider these four options.
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- 1. DUMBO. Take a brief walking tour of DUMBO's Front Street
Tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge, the old industrial neighborhood of DUMBO has been transformed into a hip, high-rise haven for artists, bankers, and a handful of trendy stores, restaurants and food shops. Above all, the Manhattan views are incredible.
- 2. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS. See historic Pierrepont Place in old Brooklyn Heights
Settled by wealthy bankers and industrialists, Brooklyn Heights is today known for its stately homes, great Manhattan views from the airy Promenade overlooking New York Harbor, and a bevvy of educational institutions. It is also home to Brooklyn's municipal government, centered in the historic... Borough Hall building.
- 3. PROSPECT PARK SOUTH. Explore a leafy Victorian neighborhood of fine Brooklyn homes
It comes as a huge surprise to most visitors to discover this neighborhood of large, architecturally significant, and elaborate homes and gardens in a leafy residential neighborhood in Brooklyn. For those interested in the notion of "suburbs in the city," a visit to Prospect Park South is a must-see.
- 4. WALKING ROUTE FROM BROOKLYN BRIDGE. See Real Brooklyn on a Walk from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Museum
Walking from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge through classic Brooklyn neighborhoods, including the outskirts of famous Park Slope, one can reach the shady Brooklyn Botanic Garden within an hour and twenty minutes (5 miles, 7 kilometres). Explore the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, then visit the adjacent Brooklyn Museum. It's perfectly safe, but wear comfy shoes. Tourists might wish to bring a map, and make a few detours into Fort Greene, Prospect Park South, Park Slope, or Prospect Park.
- 1. DUMBO. Take a brief walking tour of DUMBO's Front Street
07 of 09
Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert in Prospect Park on 4th of July Weekend
There's a hot concert in Prospect Park at the Bandshell on July 6. Find out who's playing! Free!
Get there early for seats or a good spot on the grass.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Go to the BEACH in Brooklyn on July 4th!
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a trip to the beach?Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
July 4th National Pastime: Shopping! Are the Malls Open?
Go ahead, do the patriotic thing: go shopping!
July 4th, it turns out, is a good day to go shopping. Some national chains have sales. Others might have one day specials.
Some local mom-and-pop stores might take the day off, but at least in Brooklyn, many, many others don't. Gift shops, independent book sellers and food stores are likely to be open.
And, the large malls are there, air conditioned and waiting for you.
Tip -Check your favorite store for possible early closing hours, though, as the shopping crowds dwindle as dusk — and the moment for the annual July 4th fireworks — approach.
Happy July 4th!