Celebrate Your Freedom This Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July is in the middle of the week this year, giving everyone a break during the work-week. Here’s a list of ways you can celebrate your freedom this year whether you want to cookout, enjoy some specialty cocktails or the cliche fireworks. Take a look below:

Ulysse Nardin Stars & Stripes

The Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon “Stars & Stripes” launches exclusively in the US on July 4th. The timepiece commemorates the brand’s long-standing history with the US navy, dating back to 1902 when Ulysse Nardin first served as their nautical supplier with deck chronometers. The 50 piece limited edition features our in-house UN-171 manufacture movement with miniature painting, and retails for $46,000.

Bars and Restaurants Serving Up Patriotic Specials

Drexler’s (9 Avenue A)

The only thing better than a Fourth of July BBQ is a FREE Fourth of July BBQ! With every purchase of any Jack Daniels cocktail, Drexler’s will include your choice of a free hot dog or slider (choose one per drink). Doors open at 4pm and the freebies will be available all night, while supplies last. As an added bonus, the bar will serve happy hour specials all night.

Boulton + Watt (5 Avenue A)

For a full patriotic feast, Boulton & Watt is serving up an All-American Special. For just $16, you can enjoy your choice of Boulton & Watt’s signature burger (veggie burger option also available) or two specialty hot dogs, a jar of house-made pickles, and a cold draft beer. For reservations contact (646) 490–6004.

Refinery Rooftop (63 West 38th St)

Refinery Rooftop is supersizing their July 4th celebration with a special Foot Long Dog. The $16 all beef dog will be served with avocado relish, crispy bacon, pickled red chilies and side of kettle chips. Pair your dog with a cold beer or the Rooftop’s signature Frosé. For reservations contact reservations@ingoodcompany.com.

Bungalow Bar (377 Beach 92nd St, Rockaway)

Waterfront bar and restaurant Bungalow Bar is celebrating July 4 with a photo-worthy red, white, and blue Frozen. Accompanied with panoramic views of Jamaica Bay, a live DJ from 4pm, and (hopefully) some sunshine, it’s a glorious way to spend the day. For reservations contact reservations@ingoodcompany.com.

Virgil’s Real BBQ

All day on July 4th, the BBQ restaurant will offer a special Star-Spangled Platter ($39.95) that features finger-licking Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs, juicy Sliced Texas Beef Brisket, flavor-packed Carolina Pulled Pork, and mouthwatering Quartered BBQ Chicken. The meaty platter comes with a choice of two sides, with options including hickory smoked baked beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttermilk biscuits, sautéed collard greens, and more. For cocktail lovers, Virgil’s will also offer a festive red, white, and blue “All-American” kicked-up lemonade ($12) with Skyy Strawberry Vodka, Frozen Lemonade, and Blue Curacao.

Fun Events Guaranteed To Be A Blast

Haven Rooftop

Haven Rooftop located atop the Sanctuary Hotel will open at 11:30am offering up views of the Big Apple complete with festive menu options and expertly crafted cocktails.

Their menu will feature selections such as Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Pretzels. They will also offer up the regular menu with choices including Sesame Crusted Tuna, Crab Cakes, Havenly Chicken, Lobster Rolls and Haven’s Sliders.

To complement the menu, Haven will offer a variety of new drink specials including Freedom Slushies, gigantic Moscow Mules and Beer buckets with 10 beers. For cocktails check out the Star Sangria (Malbec, Torres Orange, Torres Brandy, Peach Liqueur and Fruit), the Haven Mojito (Bacardi, Mint, Ginger Liqueur, Ginger Beer) and the Supernova (Makers Mark, Blackberries, Mint, Vanilla Bitters, Lime Juice).

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Travelers and NYC natives alike can join Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises to declare their independence away from the crowds and enjoy a view of the 42nd annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, set to introduce 20 new special effects with the most shells it’s had in nearly two decades.

The July 4th Fireworks Cruise includes up-close views of the world-famous pyrotechnic spectacle with remarkable sights of New York City landmarks against the backdrop of the iconic skyline, as well as an abundance of onboard amenities including an open bar of beer and wine, a July 4th-themed buffet and live DJ. Passengers can choose to enjoy the ride with Standard tickets at $179 or elevate their experience with Premium tickets at $259 allowing access to hors d’oeurves and the open bar with the addition of premium liquor, all aboard a state of the art Bronx Class boat.

Festive Cocktail Recipes & Ideas

ROCKET POP

INGREDIENTS

Red (bottom):

· 1-part SVEDKA Vodka

· 1-part sour mix

· ½ part strawberry purée

· ½ part water

White (middle):

· 1-part SVEDKA Vodka

· 1-part coconut cream

· ½ part lime juice

· ½ part water

Blue (top):

· 1-part sour mix

· ½ part blue curaçao

· ½ part lime juice

· ½ part water

INSTRUCTIONS: Ideally this will be made in either three separate blenders, or three separate slushie machines. Simply dispense in the right order and garnish with watermelon shaped star.

AMERICAN DREAM PUNCH

INGREDIENTS

• 2 parts SVEDKA Vodka

• ½ part Orange Curaçao

• ½ part simple syrup

• 1-part fresh lime juice

• Dash grenadine

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine ingredients in a pitcher and top with ice. Garnish with blackberries and mint.

RED, WHITE AND BLUEBERRY CITRUS PUNCH

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Seagram’s Escapes Coconut Lime
  • 2 cans (12 fl. oz each) Seagram’s Escapes Red White & Citrus, chilled
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Edible red glitter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cups sparkling lemonade, chilled
  • 3 tbsp grenadine syrup

DIRECTIONS:

  • 1. Divide Seagram’s Escapes Coconut Lime among 2 star-shaped ice cube trays. Place raspberries and blueberries on baking sheet; freeze for 2 to 4 hours or until frozen.
  • 2. Place glitter in shallow dish. Dip rims of serving glasses into lemon juice; shake lightly to remove excess juice. Dip into glitter. Set aside.
  • 3. Combine Seagram’s Escapes Red White & Citrus, sparkling lemonade and grenadine syrup in large punch bowl; stir in frozen berries and star-shaped ice cubes. Ladle carefully into glitter-rimmed glasses.

The Bouqs Company

Whether you’re hosting a fireworks-viewing party or lowkey BBQ, make the day burst and bloom with farm-fresh flowers from The Bouqs Company. Now through July Fourth, get 20% OFF sitewide with code: GOFOURTH.

Bouqs are available in a variety of sizes (Original, Deluxe or Grand) and the flowers are grown on eco-friendly, sustainable farms and cut-to-order. Summer favorites include Poolside, Road Trip, Hello Sunshine, Sierra Sunset and more!

To make the celebrations even more festive for your guests, hand out a few DIY Floral Party Poppers! These party poppers are simple to make, and it’s a great opportunity to show off your creativity.

Here’s what you need:

Plastic Push Pops

Scissors

Clear Tape

Construction Paper

Washi Tape

Streamer Paper

Flower Petals

Step 1: Want to make a frilled skirt for your popper? Start by cutting slits in your streamer paper.

Step 2: Wrap the frilled paper around the base of the popper and secure with clear tape.

Step 3: Continue to decorate the popper with washi tape, construction paper, or any additional items you have on hand, like ribbon!

Step 4: Make a rocket-shaped top for the cap by tracing a circle in your construction paper. Cut out the circle, and fold it inward around itself so it forms a conical tip. Tape along the seam to secure, and adhere to the cap with another small piece of folded tape.

Step 5: Once your popper is fully decorated, fill it with flower petals.

Step 6: Now it’s time to flowerbomb your friends, or make them ‘explode’ along with the fireworks as they go off this Fourth of July.

Check out Bouqs.com to see the full collection of farm-fresh arrangements to find the best petals for your DIY project. Have fun!

Written by

Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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