Our Favorite 4th of July Food (and Beyond) Happenings

Want to head to a restaurant or go on a mini road trip instead of grilling for the 4th of July? We have you covered.

The 4th of July is in the middle of the week this year, so hopefully you have some extra days before or after to play in the sun, travel and eat. Check out these happenings around the country to keep busy.

Frisco’s Fabulous Fourth of July in the Mountains
Located just 1.5 hours outside of Denver, the quaint Town of Frisco, bookended by the 10,000-ft Mount Royal and the Frisco Marina, hosts a slew of classic Americana-inspired activities every Fourth of July. Visitors can look forward to a pancake breakfast, a free kid’s fishing derby, an authentic small-town parade down Main Street, a kid’s bike decorating contest, and concerts! Because of a fire ban, the fireworks will be skipped this year, but hopefully you can check them out next year. Safety first! Detailed information on all of the festivities can be found here. While you’re in town, check out their coffee shops, B&Bs and get out on the water.

Celebrate Independence Day on Ophelia’s Rooftop in NYC
Celebrate Independence Day in style at Ophelia, the new rooftop lounge atop the historic Beekman Tower. Set 26-stories above the city bustle, gather with friends over 360-degree views of the East River Manhattan Skyline. Tickets to ophelia’s July 4th celebration cost $200/person and are available for purchase on Eventbrite, HERE. Enjoy a live DJ, a 3-hour open bar with wine, champagne and signature red, white and blue cocktails created by Head Bartender Amir Babayoff. Raw bar includes Stone Crab Legs, Jumbo Gulf Shrimp and Atlantic Oysters with lots of passed hors d’oeuvres too.

Red, White and C Lazy U
Known for its genuine service and legendary western hospitality, C Lazy U is Colorado’s premier luxury guest ranch getaway, offering a truly Americana Fourth of July experience. Guests that book their stay for the week of July 1-8, 2018, enjoy the full summer dude ranch vacation experience with additional Independence Day festivities, such as a parade of the property’s 225 horses (and two Sicilian donkeys, Petey and Tilly) dressed in festive red, white and blue, a stunning fireworks display and special family flags to hang on the cabins.

Start the Day with a Boozy Brunch at Añejo
It’s rare that we get to brunch on a Wednesday. Take advantage of it! Añejo of NYC, the agave spirit bar and Mexican eatery in both Tribeca and Hell’s Kitchen will celebrate Independence Day all day starting with a boozy brunch. Start the day with their signature boozy brunch with highlights including Carne Asada con Huevos, Eggs Benedict with Mexican chorizo, and Blueberry Corn Pancakes.

Wine and Sonoma Valley’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Plaza Celebration
Located in the heart of Northern California wine country, Sonoma Valley is a 17-mile long valley within Sonoma County that encompasses the city of Sonoma and the villages of The Springs, Glen Ellen, Carneros, Bennett Valley and Kenwood. One of America’s “Top Ten July 4th Celebrations,” as voted by Travel + Leisure, Sonoma’s Fourth of July on the Plaza celebrates in true, old-fashioned style, beginning with a parade with marching bands and extravagant floats, drawing a crowd of more than 10,000 viewers. On the historic plaza, you’ll find live music and games all day long along with food, beer and wine booths sponsored by local nonprofit organizations with all proceeds from the festival benefitting the organizations. At dusk, find a spot for the impressive fireworks show to close out the celebrations. Check out the day’s festivities here.

Devour an Insane Burger at Industry Kitchen
The American eatery located near the South Street Seaport in NYC will be serving up some massive Independence Day specials in addition to their full all-day menu. Come hungry and bring friends to indulge.These specials will be served in addition to the daily menu, and are best enjoyed al fresco, on the restaurant’s massive outdoor patio. If you’re ready to splurge and celebrate, check out the Revolution Burger ($150), which includes a 25lb Kobe beef batty, 2 lbs of bacon, 2lbs of American cheese, 1lb of tomato/onion compote, one full head of lettuce, all between a 24 inch brioche bun. Don’t worry, it serves a few!

Dana Point, California’s 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Dana Point is home to one of South Orange County’s best aerial fireworks shows. Whether you come for a day at the beach and the evening fireworks display or just for the amazing fireworks extravaganza launched from the barge off the shore of Doheny State Beach, this is a great 4th of July tradition for Dana Point, California. You can watch the show from the pristine shores or join the Ocean Institute aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a sunset cruise. At sea, you will have an unbeatable view of the fireworks while enjoying wine, beer, and snacks. More info here.

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