Fourth of July
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Still need to figure out what fabulous spots to hit up for the Fourth of July this Wednesday? Fear not, because we have you covered with some fantastic places that are located in the heart of New York City and stretch to the eastern ends of Long Island. Party safe, folks.

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Front Row Fireworks on July 4th

The Lure Group is thrilled to present Front Row Fireworks, offering New York’s best view of the 42nd Annual Macy’s Fireworks show on Wednesday, July 4th at the East 34th Street Heliport from 6pm – midnight. This day-to-night blowout provides ticket holders with exclusive access to a private East Riverfront locale where guests will be front and center for America’s most famed fireworks show.

This private event gives guests exclusive access past the packed crowds and delivers an over-the-top July 4thcelebration complete with live music, various food vendors serving up BBQ, burgers and everything in between with multiple fully stocked bars and beer tents. Entertainment includes life-size versions of your favorite games including giant Jenga, ping pong, chess and more courtesy of Clinton Hall and Slate. General Admission starts at $35, reserved seating starts at $75, and reserved tables start at $400 per four people. For more information and tickets visit here.

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Celebrate Outdoors at The Springs Patio & Cocktail Bar

To celebrate July 4th, Greenpoint’s expansive resort-like oasis will offer happy hour specials all day from opening until close (noon-2am), a specialty Rocket Pop Slushy in red, white & blue, a hawt dog bar and DJ Tunes to keep you groovin’. Cover charge is $10 but gets you happy hour specials all day: $8 Cocktails and Slushies, $1 Pony Budweisers, $7 select wines, $5 Craft Beer of the day and $5 Whiskey Shot. 

What’s in the Rocket Pop Slushy? House made raspberry cordial, Gin Fix Slushy and a floater of Giffard Blue Curacao. More information here.

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The Invasion of the Pines is a Sight to Behold on the 4th

According to Wikipedia – “During the summer of 1976, a restaurant in Fire Island Pines, New York, denied entry to a visitor in drag named Terry Warren. When Warren’s friends in Cherry Grove heard what had happened, they too dressed up in drag, and, on July 4, 1976, with Cherry Grove’s 1976 Homecoming Queen Thom Hansen (aka Panzi) in the lead, sailed to the Pines by water taxi. The boatload of drag queens that stormed into the Pines that day—to a surprised but exuberant welcome—was the first “invasion,” an event now repeated each year. Now, 42 years later, the annual Fourth of July Invasion of the Pines attracts hundreds of drag queens and thousands of spectators to what has become an annual Independence Day event.

On the afternoon of July 4th each year, drag queens from both Cherry Grove and the Pines gather at the Ice Palace Bar at the Cherry Grove Hotel in Cherry Grove; after parading through the street of Cherry Grove, they board a chartered ferry boat and sail to the Pines Harbor, where they are greeted by thousands of cheering residents and visitors…”

This year RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards will show off her red, white and blue at The Pavilion at a party hosted by Voss Events – more on that here.

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Dance until the Sun Comes Up

The nightclub Schimanski in Williamsburg will welcome French DJ and tropical house producer Klingande to America for an all-star musical set kicking off at 10pm.  And if you step out onto North 11th Street before the show you can catch the fireworks over the East River to start the evening with a bang. For more information, click here.