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In 1776, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence with a plume in one hand and a hot dog in the other. Well, maybe not, but there's nothing more American than a big, meaty cookout! Celebrate the Fourth of July with grilled meats, all-American corn, and local cooking at these NYC hotspots.

Nathan's Famous
If you're into watching competetive eaters stuff their faces, head down to Coney Island for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Watch speed eaters compete for glory in the ESPN televised event, and if you haven't lost your appetite, grab your own frank at the Nathan's beach eatery.

Yotel
Robot-themed hotel YOTEL will be hosting an all-you-can-eat barbecue. The Endless Summer BBQ will have a seating from 2-5pm and another from 5-9pm, with tickets ranging from $50-$75. The menu includes pulled pork sliders, lobster gazpacho shooters, fried chicken, corn on the cob, peach cobbler, and much more. Red, white, and blueberry patriotic sangria will be served along wih beer and wine.

Wildman Steve Brill
If you're looking for a more natural meal on Independence Day, Wildman Steve Brill is hosting a foraging expedition at 11:45am. For $20, you can eat all that you find and learn the techniques of searching for food in the wild.

Flaca Music
To celebrate all 50 states, head out to the Bronx for Flaca Music's 50 States Musical Celebration and BBQ. The event at An Beal Bocht Cafe in Riverdale will feature bands representing each state (in alphabetical order) as well as BBQ. Admission is free and the event runs from noon-midnight.

Sky Room
For a fireworks and dining experience, check out the blow-out bash at Sky Room. $100 gets you a 4-hour premium open bar (6pm-10pm) and a picnic buffet including burgers, pigs in a blanket, chicken tenders, potato chips, and other summery options.


Professional Chefs Share Their 4th Of July Cooler Essentials

From caviar to cold fried chicken, these picks will have you hungry for the holiday weekend ahead.

While there’s no doubt that 4th of July celebrations will look different this year, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday weekend safely while practicing social distancing. Heading to the beach, picnicking in a park or going on a hike are all great options for getting outside and soaking up some sunshine while avoiding the crowds. As you finalize your weekend plans and, most importantly, curate your food and drink spread, I asked chefs across the US to share their must-have cooler essentials for 4th of July and beyond to offer some inspiration.

Cold Fried Chicken

“Although a somewhat polarizing dish, my must-have for any picnic or beach trip is some delicious cold fried chicken. Whether you’re making it yourself or picking it up from somewhere, the key is to let it cool in a well-ventilated place so it doesn’t steam and get soggy. Throw in a couple grapefruit Radlers (like Stiegl’s) and you’re all set.” — Scotty Scott, personal chef and food influencer at @cookdrankeat based in Fort Worth, Texas

National Bohemian Beer and Utz Potato Chips

“Absolute essentials for me on July 4th are, without a doubt, National Bohemian Beer and Utz potato chips, specifically Grandma Utz chips, the potato chip that all chips aspire to be when they grow up. Both are difficult to find in Nashville, so I’m on a campaign to get them distributed here. There’s nothing like a cold beer and crunchy chips in the hot sun!” — Andrew Little, executive chef of Josephine in Nashville, Tennessee

Watermelon Mezcal Slushees

“We like to freeze these overnight in our special drink pouches and enjoy them as slushees, but these would be just as delicious served cold in 12-ounce mason jars or even a sports bottle. If you are not freezing these, make sure you still allow time to chill the mixture in the fridge, or substitute some ice in for the cold water.” — Jeremy Allen, beverage director of MiniBar Hollywood in Los Angeles, California

Recipe for Watermelon Mezcal Slushees

Yields 12 drinks or 6 resealable, 2-drink Ziploc pouches.

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Ingredients:

750 ml bottle Yola Mezcal

In a blender, blend the hot water and sugar for a few seconds.

Add the watermelon and 1.5 cups of cold water, and blend until the watermelon is mostly liquefied.

Add the rest of the water, plus the lime juice.

Transfer everything into a large pitcher, bowl or pot something big enough to hold 3 quarts. Add the mezcal and stir it all together.

Potato Chips and Caviar

“One of my friends owns a caviar company, and I get VIP prices. I love it with thick-cut potato chips, a bottle of rosé and our charred eggplant dip. Something about the smoky and salty really does it for me.” — Nick Pfannerstill, executive chef of Mother’s Ruin in NYC and Nashville, Tennessee

A Six-Pack of Craft Beer

“As I get older, mixing alcohol and heat seems like a recipe for disaster. I’m a simple man, so I’d pack something light and refreshing like Fort Worth’s Rahr & Sons Brewing Company’s Blonde. That, and a ton of water so I won’t die the next morning.” — Melvin Roberson, owner of Dough Boy Donuts in Fort Worth, Texas

Portuguese-Style Fried Chicken

“If you grew up a Santos, the thing you had most often at the beach was homemade fried chicken! We are what you call a beach family. We would go every Saturday and Sunday, leaving the house by 6 a.m. and usually staying until sunset. It was pretty fantastic growing up like that. We would usually have three full meals on the beach breakfast when we arrived, some sandwiches and fruit for lunch, then dinner was the big meal.

“On one of those weekend days Mama Santos would wake up extra early and make fried chicken. It was super simple Portuguese-style, marinated overnight, then coated in flour and fried. I would wake up in the morning to the smell of fried chicken. It’s one of my fondest memories, and I still make fried chicken for the beach to this day. It’s a must in my book!” — David Santos, chef of Um Segredo Supper Club in New York City

Watermelon Salad

“One of my go-to picnic dishes, I make mine with watermelon, fresh mint, lime, extra virgin olive oil, salt and crushed hazelnuts. It’s a refreshing side dish that my daughter absolutely loves, and it screams summer! You can make it ahead of time or bring all the ingredients and assemble once you arrive. I love how simple yet full of flavor this salad is. Wouldn’t go on a picnic without it!” — Anna Francese Gass, chef and author of Heirloom Kitchen

Sour Gummies and Candied Ginger

“It sounds like a strange combo but in the middle of the heat and summer sleepiness, the sour and sweet is the best thing to keep the palate awake. Candied ginger is one of those foods that always opened my palate to dinner. It is the best aperitif next to an Aperol Spritz! In Japan, we often eat pickled ginger as an amuse-bouche or a palate cleanser between courses.” — Natsume Aoi, culinary director of Mochidoki in New York City

Spicy Italian Sausage

“There’s nothing that tastes more like summer to me than a sausage sandwich from the grill with grilled onions and peppers. It’s a great alternative to the boring, typical sandwich you’d eat at the beach.” — Dave Anoia, executive chef of DiAnoia’s Eatery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Fattoush and Elote

“Usually for the 4th, my wife and three kids would pile in the car and drive to my wife’s hometown of Perrysburg, Ohio—that town celebrates the 4th like no other. This July 4th looks a little different, but we’re going to try and recreate a similar atmosphere the best that we can down here in North Carolina. There’s a large Lebanese population in Perrysburg, so every July 4th we usually enjoy fattoush, a Levantine salad made with toasted or fried pieces of khubz (a type of bread) combined with mixed greens and other vegetables, such as radishes and tomatoes. I think I’m going to make fattoush with watermelon this year for a summery take on the salad.

“Also, a few years back I made an elote-style corn (with cilantro, mayo and ancho powder) and now I’m required to make it every year with the help of my brother-in-law. I say elote-style because we use grated Parmesan instead of cotija (which is typically used to make elote) as it’s often harder to find at my local grocery store.” — Dan Jackson, director of culinary of Fields Good Chicken in New York City

Fruit Salad, Growlers and Fixings for S’mores

“For a sweet, spicy and salty fruit salad, I like to toss melon, cherries and strawberries with fresh mint, then dust it with a homemade Espelette and lemon salt. I bring this on the side and sprinkle it on just before consumption.

“[Additionally], the aromatic pucker of Hudson Valley Brewery’s farmhouse sours play perfectly with the flavors of my meal and help beat the heat. Most likely my cooler will have two or more growlers, as I can never decide which to choose.

“[Lastly], a bag of Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. salted caramel marshmallows and their chocolate chip graham crackers paired with Alps dark chocolate squares makes for a perfect end to a meal. I bring a mini handheld torch to brûlée my mallows any place I go.” — Adam Sternberg, executive chef of Wonderbar in Beacon, New York


10 Fun Ideas On How To Celebrate The 4th Of July At Home

1. Have a Backyard BBQ

A backyard cookout is a 4 th of July staple. Throw some hot dogs, sausages, burger patties, some BBQ chicken, or a couple of steaks on the grill and have the perfect stay-at-home feast.

But don&rsquot forget to make some epic side dishes like potato salad, mac and cheese, and fruit salad. Get the kids to help prep the side dishes, or even a couple of no-bake desserts. This way, you&rsquoll get to bond and teach them how to pull off an epic BBQ when they have their own family.

2. Have a Backyard Movie Night

Once you&rsquore done with your backyard BBQ, or you&rsquore simply taking a break, dust off that old projector and set up the outdoor screen in the backyard. While a grownup is busy setting the movie up, the kids can help make some popcorn or some s&rsquomores.

Then grab some blankets or lounge chairs and enjoy an epic movie night in the patio. If you only have access to a balcony, then set up a cozy spot in the corner and improvise! Tiny spaces are the perfect excuse to get closer to the ones you love. Now, pass the popcorn!

3. Finish the Night with Some Camping

You ate and watched a movie outdoors, so why not camp in the backyard, too? Set up the tents, bring a few snacks, some water, and a few flashlights and take turns telling some classic ghost stories.

There&rsquos no better way to bond than to sleep under the stars. But if the weather&rsquos bad, try camping in the living room!

4. Have a Sing-a-Thon

Grab some pots and pans and prepare to drum to the beat of some American classics like &ldquoThis Land is Your Land,&rdquo or go a little bolder and try singing &ldquoBorn in the USA&rdquo by Bruce Springsteen.&rdquo You can even Skype with family members in other states and hold a makeshift singing competition where you all get to vote for your favorite singers.

The &ldquolosing&rdquo family has to invite everyone else to their house for Christmas once this is all over. Of course, there are no losers when the whole family is having fun and vibing together!

5. Throw a U.S.-Themed Trivia Party

How familiar is your family with American history? Find out by challenging them to a U.S. themed trivia party. Like did you know that Connecticut was called the &ldquoConstitution State&rdquo even though the constitution was signed in Philadelphia? Or that America didn&rsquot actually declare their independence on July 4 th ?

Head on down to good reliable Google and search for &ldquoU.S. facts that everyone gets wrong&rdquo and write some ideas down and make some flash cards and rules to play the game.

6. Take a Virtual Patriotic Getaway

Take a video tour of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution were signed, or visit New York&rsquos Ellis Island where many immigrant families began their American adventures.

You can even take a 360-degree virtual tour of the area where the historic Battle of the Alamo took place in the 1800s. This one&rsquos perfect if your family is a huge history buff!

7. Enjoy a 4 th of July Parade

Unfortunately, a lot of 4 th of July parades around the country have been canceled in 2020, but that doesn&rsquot mean you and the family can&rsquot watch a parade from last year.

You can watch the 2019 National Independence Day Parade on YouTube and pretend it&rsquos live. Popcorn is not included, so make sure to prepare some snacks!

8. Have a Pool Party

If you have a pool, make a couple of summer drinks, download a playlist of patriotic tunes, and soak up some rays, (but don&rsquot forget the sunscreen!)

If you don&rsquot have a pool, designate a family member to grab a hose and run after everyone in the backyard to try and wet them. You could also jump ropes and use the water from the hose as a rope. There&rsquoll be running, giggling, and a whole lot of fun!

9. Watch a Patriotic Movie Indoors

Get the family together in the living room and binge watch a couple of patriotic films. And what other movie can be more appropriate for this holiday than &ldquoIndependence Day?&rdquo

The title says it all and there&rsquos plenty of action as Will Smith&rsquos character leads a group of soldiers on the ultimate battle to stop an alien invasion on the 4 th of July. Here are a couple of great 4 th of July movies, too.

10. Throw a Patriotic Scavenger Hunt

Print out a couple of flags from different American eras, and some photos of historic sites like Liberty Bell and hide them around the house. If you have mini versions of the Statue of Liberty or flag magnets, use those too.

Then create some clues that will lead the kiddies to the location of these objects. The winner gets to pick the movie you watch, gets to pick dessert, or gets a free pass on helping setting up the table.

Enjoy Your Fourth Of July At Home Celebration

Every detail counts and some of the most precious moments are celebrated at our home sweet home. In the end, all that matters is the people you celebrate those moments with. Make each moment count and just be grateful and happy!


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Fourth of July – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1595432 rd annual Macy’s 4 th of July Fireworks show in New York City.

Thousands of NYPD officers will have their eyes on the crowd from the ground, on the water and in the air. This year, police are using new drone technology in their effort to keep everyone safe.

The whole Fourth of July holiday leads up to 9:20 p.m. for the 30-minute fireworks show over the East River. Like all large-scale events in the city, police are taking extra precautions, especially in public viewing areas.

“Officers will be checking people’s bags. Prohibited items – you’ll be asked to leave them aside. Officers have personal radiation detection equipment on their gun belts. They also have explosive trace detection, so they can swipe bags, similar to the airport,” NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James Waters said earlier this week.

Web Extra: NYPD Outlines 4th Of July Security Plans

Thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers will be deployed throughout the area.

“We can’t have a cop in every location, but we could fly the drone to see what’s going on,” said NYPD TARU Commanding Officer Frank DiGiacomo.

New this year, two NYPD drones will be keeping an eye on the crowds from the sky.

“It gives us an opportunity to monitor crowds from our cellphones based directly from the drones,” NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.

The drones can fly 40 feet up in the air and a half mile out. They help police determine the areas where officers are needed most. If there’s an issue, they can use the drones to speak directly to the crowd below.

“We’re not zooming in on any faces or anything like that, but if there is some kind of criminality that’s going on, we can zoom into faces and get more of a detailed description,” said Det. Deeu John.

The NYPD says there is no specific or credible threat to public safety.

For the best views of the fireworks, head south of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Fourth of July – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1594965 rd annual Macy’s fireworks show.

This year, the fireworks will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River. Organizers say more than 70,000 shells and effects will be deployed from the bridge and four barges near Pier 17.

“With the iconic Brooklyn Bridge as our centerpiece and four barges lining the East River, we will launch an unprecedented barrage of color, light, sounds and shapes that will delight millions as they hum along to a patriotic and stirring musical score celebrating our Independence and landmark cinematic achievements,” Executive Producer Susan Tercero said in a press release.

There will also be a special “The Wizard of Oz” tribute, as the film turns 80.

The show starts at 9:20 p.m. and is expected to last about 30 minutes.

Official Viewing Points:

Elevated FDR

Broad Street & Water Street
Pearl Street & Dover Street
Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place & St. James Place
Pearl Street & St. James Place
Montgomery Street & Cherry Street

Lower Promenade

Pike Slip & Cherry Street
Market Street & Cherry

ADA Viewing

Murray Bergtraum High School Track & Field

Bridge Closures:

  • Brooklyn Bridge will be fully closed from 2 PM Thursday, July 4th until 1 AM Friday, July 5th.
  • Manhattan Bridge may have intermittent closures throughout the day on July 4th.

Street Closures:

  • Adams Street between Tillary and Joralemon Streets
  • Adams Street between York Street and John Street
  • Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Flatbush Avenue
  • Beard Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
  • Coffey Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and Degraw Street
  • Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Dead End
  • Degraw Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets
  • Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Ferries Street between King and Van Dyke Streets
  • Flatbush Avenue/Flatbush Avenue Extension between Tillary Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Front Street between Jay Street and Old Fulton Street
  • Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Hicks Street between Brooklyn Queens Expressway and Old Fulton Street
  • Imlay Street between Summit and Pioneer Street
  • Jay Street between York Street and Dead End
  • John Street between Jay Street and Adams Street
  • Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Adams Street
  • King Street between Conover and Ferries Streets
  • Main Street between Front Street and Plymouth Street
  • Montague Street between Court Street to Montague Terrace
  • Old Fulton Street between Cadman Plaza West and Furman Street
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks and Furman Streets
  • Old Fulton Street/Cadman Plaza West/Court Street between Henry and Joralemon Streets
  • Pearl Street between York Street and John Street
  • Pioneer Street between Van Brunt and Conover Streets
  • Plymouth Street between Adams Street and Main Street
  • Reed Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
  • Remsen Street between Court Street and Montague Terrace
  • Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Summit Street between Van Brunt and Imlay Streets
  • Tillary Street between Prince Street and Cadman Plaza West
  • Van Brunt Street between Degraw Street and Dead End
  • Van Dyke Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Washington Street between York Street and Dead End
  • Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Water Street between Adams Street and Old Fulton Street
  • York Street between Jay Street and Front Street
  • All streets included in the area bounded by:
    • Grand Street on the North
    • Catherine Street/Slip on the South
    • South Street/FDR Drive on the East
    • East Broadway on the West
    • Allen Street between Division Street and Canal Street
    • Battery Place between State Street and West Street
    • Beekman Street between Pearl Street and South Street
    • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
    • Dover Street between Pearl Street and South Street
    • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and Delancey Street (including exit/entrance ramps)
    • Frankfort Street between Gold Street and Pearl Street
    • Front Street between Old Slip and Dover Street
    • Fulton Street between South Street and Gold Street
    • Gold Street between Fulton Street and Frankfort Street
    • Gouverneur Lane between Water Street and South Street
    • John Street between Water Street and South Street
    • Little Water Street between Fulton Street and Beekman Street
    • Maiden Lane between Water Street and South Street
    • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
    • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and St. James Place
    • Peck Slip between Pearl Street and South Street
    • Pike Street between Division Street and East Broadway
    • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
    • South Street between Whitehall Street and Jackson Street
    • St. James Place between Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place and Oliver Street
    • State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place
    • Wall Street between Water Street and South Street
    • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Dover Street
    • West Street between Battery Place and West Thames Street
    • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street

    For more information on the fireworks, click here. For street closures, see here.

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    Fourth of July – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1595022 rd annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show.

    This year’s fireworks will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges in the East River.

    Web Extra: NYPD Outlines 4th Of July Security Plans

    “With the iconic Brooklyn Bridge as our centerpiece and four barges lining the East River, we will launch an unprecedented barrage of color, light, sounds and shapes that will delight millions as they hum along to a patriotic and stirring musical score celebrating our Independence and landmark cinematic achievements,” Executive Producer Susan Tercero said in a press release.

    The show is expected to start at 9:20 p.m. and last about 25 minutes.

    Official Viewing Points:

    Elevated FDR

    Broad Street & Water Street
    Pearl Street & Dover Street
    Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place & St. James Place
    Pearl Street & St. James Place
    Montgomery Street & Cherry Street

    Lower Promenade

    Pike Slip & Cherry Street
    Market Street & Cherry

    ADA Viewing

    Murray Bergtraum High School Track & Field

    Bridge Closures:

    • Brooklyn Bridge will be fully closed from 2 PM Thursday, July 4th until 1 AM Friday, July 5th.
    • Manhattan Bridge may have intermittent closures throughout the day on July 4th.

    Street Closures:

    • Adams Street between Tillary and Joralemon Streets
    • Adams Street between York Street and John Street
    • Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Flatbush Avenue
    • Beard Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
    • Coffey Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
    • Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and Degraw Street
    • Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Dead End
    • Degraw Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets
    • Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
    • Ferries Street between King and Van Dyke Streets
    • Flatbush Avenue/Flatbush Avenue Extension between Tillary Street and Atlantic Avenue
    • Front Street between Jay Street and Old Fulton Street
    • Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
    • Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
    • Hicks Street between Brooklyn Queens Expressway and Old Fulton Street
    • Imlay Street between Summit and Pioneer Street
    • Jay Street between York Street and Dead End
    • John Street between Jay Street and Adams Street
    • Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Adams Street
    • King Street between Conover and Ferries Streets
    • Main Street between Front Street and Plymouth Street
    • Montague Street between Court Street to Montague Terrace
    • Old Fulton Street between Cadman Plaza West and Furman Street
    • Old Fulton Street between Hicks and Furman Streets
    • Old Fulton Street/Cadman Plaza West/Court Street between Henry and Joralemon Streets
    • Pearl Street between York Street and John Street
    • Pioneer Street between Van Brunt and Conover Streets
    • Plymouth Street between Adams Street and Main Street
    • Reed Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
    • Remsen Street between Court Street and Montague Terrace
    • Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
    • Summit Street between Van Brunt and Imlay Streets
    • Tillary Street between Prince Street and Cadman Plaza West
    • Van Brunt Street between Degraw Street and Dead End
    • Van Dyke Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
    • Washington Street between York Street and Dead End
    • Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
    • Water Street between Adams Street and Old Fulton Street
    • York Street between Jay Street and Front Street
    • All streets included in the area bounded by:
      • Grand Street on the North
      • Catherine Street/Slip on the South
      • South Street/FDR Drive on the East
      • East Broadway on the West
      • Allen Street between Division Street and Canal Street
      • Battery Place between State Street and West Street
      • Beekman Street between Pearl Street and South Street
      • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
      • Dover Street between Pearl Street and South Street
      • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and Delancey Street (including exit/entrance ramps)
      • Frankfort Street between Gold Street and Pearl Street
      • Front Street between Old Slip and Dover Street
      • Fulton Street between South Street and Gold Street
      • Gold Street between Fulton Street and Frankfort Street
      • Gouverneur Lane between Water Street and South Street
      • John Street between Water Street and South Street
      • Little Water Street between Fulton Street and Beekman Street
      • Maiden Lane between Water Street and South Street
      • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
      • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and St. James Place
      • Peck Slip between Pearl Street and South Street
      • Pike Street between Division Street and East Broadway
      • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
      • South Street between Whitehall Street and Jackson Street
      • St. James Place between Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place and Oliver Street
      • State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place
      • Wall Street between Water Street and South Street
      • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Dover Street
      • West Street between Battery Place and West Thames Street
      • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street

      For more information on the fireworks, click here. For street closure details, see here.

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      Fourth of July – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1594353 EASY DECOR

      What You Need:

      Mason Jars
      White Flowers
      Optional: Red Flowers
      Blue & Red Food Coloring

      How to Make:

      1. Cut flowers to fit the mason jar
      2. Add:
      – Water to Mason Jar
      – 2-3 drops of blue food color to each mason jar filled with water and stir (add drops until desired blue color is achieved)
      – 2-3 drops of red food color to each mason jar filled with water and stir (add drops until desired red color is achieved)
      3. Place the white flowers in the mason jar

      EPIC CHEESE PLATTER

      What You Need:

      Assortment of white cheeses
      Fruit (all red – strawberries, raspberries)
      blueberries
      Mini cookie cutter

      How to Make:

      Cut out stars with a mini cookie cutter out of cheese
      Add blueberries to the left corner of the platter, add star cheese on top
      Start layering all different white cheese, red fruit (*strawberries, raspberries), veggies, dried fruit (raisins, craisins), and nuts (cashews), to look like an American flag
      Optional: use meats for the red stripes

      STAR SPANGLED SANGRIA

      What You Need:

      Blueberries
      Strawberries
      Star shaped cookie cutter
      Green apples (peeled)
      1 bottle of white wine
      2 ounces orange liqueur
      2 cups club soda or lemon lime soda

      (Can also use store bought sangria)

      How to Make:

      Make stars with apples and mini cookie cutter
      Add all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice
      Chill overnight
      Optional: soak fruit overnight in the orange liqueur

      What You Need:

      Bamboo skewers
      Blueberries
      Strawberries
      Bananas or mini marshmallows

      How to Make:

      Thread 10 blueberries onto bamboo skewer (adjust for the size of your bamboo skewer)
      Slice strawberries and bananas
      Thread strawberries and bananas onto skewer – alternating colors to look like an American Flag
      Optional: use marshmallows instead of bananas

      What You Need:

      Red, white and blue candy (not limited to:)
      – gumballs
      – M&Ms
      – Hershey Kisses
      – Skittles
      – Twizzlers

      How to Make:

      Using different sized barnett jars
      Add candy to each jar
      If candy is unwrapped, add a scoop

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      Fourth of July – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1398945 Cowboy Caviar
      Prep time: 15 minutes
      Inactive: 1 hour to overnight
      Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes or more

      Freshly chopped ingredients executed well is a surefire way to put any store brand can name to shame. Make your own version of corn salsa with these simple ingredients that pack a lot of flavor with minimal effort. Make this recipe the night before and simply pour into a serving bowl accompanied by any chip of your choice and serve!

      Ingredients

      For the dressing:

      • 1/2 cup of olive oil
      • 1/3 cup of lime juice
      • 3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro
      • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
      • 1 teaspoon of salt
      • 1 cup of Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
      • 1 cup of red onion, diced
      • 1 cup of sweet corn (drained if from a can)
      • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
      • 2 bell peppers, diced
      • chips (for serving)
      1. In a small bowl, add the olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, chili powder, cumin and salt. Whisk to combine.
      2. In a larger bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, red onion, corn, black beans and bell peppers. Top with dressing and toss to combine. Refrigerate for an hour, minimum, or overnight.
      3. Pour the caviar into a serving dish and arrange the chips as desired.
      4. Serve and enjoy!

      Homemade Kettle Corn
      Total Time: 5 minutes

      No day of fun is complete without a bag full of popcorn. July 4th is the perfect time to rent a popcorn machine for your big celebration. If you don’t have a popcorn machine, a simple pot will do the trick. You can even make this popcorn a day or two in advance, the options are endless with this sweet treat.

      Ingredients:

      • 1/4 cup of oil, (any cooking oil of your choice, canola is a good oil for frying)
      • 1/2 cup of uncooked popcorn kernels
      • 2-3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
      • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
      • 1-2 tbsp melted butter (if desired)
      1. To start, set aside a large bowl to place the freshly popped popcorn in once cooked.
      2. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, add the oil along with three individual popcorn kernels. To avoid burning a whole batch of kernels, add three individual kernels to the oil, while it heats up. Once you hear all three kernels pop, add the rest of the kernels and shake the pan for about 10 seconds to coat the kernels.
      3. Next, pour the sugar and salt directly over the popcorn. Cover and shake for 3 seconds, rest for 3 seconds and repeat until popcorn begins to pop steadily.
      4. Continue shaking the pan, and pause occasionally to listen for breaks in popping. Once there is a two-second rest between pops, give or take, pull from the heat and transfer to the set-aside bowl, immediately.
      5. Allow the popcorn to cool for a few minutes before serving. Add butter if desired.

      Caprese Pesto Bites

      If Mediterranean food is what you crave, look no further than this ingenious deconstructed caprese salad. Skip the local deli prepared cheese platter this year and opt for a flavorful, elegant and most importantly simple starter. Make the pesto in advance and simply assemble the sauce in a small serving dish surrounded by cheese, tomatoes and sliced rustic bread. Supply toothpicks to hold all the ingredients in place and enjoy.

      Ingredients:

      • 1 cup packed basil leaves
      • 1/4 cup of pine nuts1/4 cup romano cheese
      • 1/4 cup romano cheese
      • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
      • 1/4 cup of olive oil
      • salt and pepper
      • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes (14 tomatoes or so per pack depending on guest attendance)
      • Mozzarella cheese
      • 1 loaf of Italian bread
      1. On medium-high heat, toast the pine nuts in a medium sized pan for 3-4 minutes stirring frequently.
      2. Then, place the toasted pine nuts into a food processor along with the basil and process until the mixture is chopped finely.
      3. Next, add in the Romano cheese, garlic and process until combined.
      4. While processing, drizzle in the olive oil slowly until completely incorporated.
      5. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

      Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, slice the bread into 1/4 inch thick rounds as well as the mozzarella cheese. Place the pesto dish in a separate serving bowl as well as the rest of the prepared ingredients, accompanied by toothpicks to assemble all the ingredients into a perfect bite-sized appetizer.

      Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
      Prep: 5 min
      Cook time: 20 min
      Total Time: 25 min

      A great way to feed a large crowd while still being pocket savvy is to make dishes that will stretch your dollar, chickpeas do just that. Once you’ve transformed your chickpeas into hummus, create a platter by adding some pretzel crisps, pita chips and freshly cut veggies with the hummus in the middle. Make this a few days in advance, store in the fridge and come celebration day simply assemble your platter and serve within minutes.

      Ingredients:

      • 2 large red bell peppers
      • 2 large cloves of garlic
      • 2 tablespoons of tahini
      • 1 can of chickpeas (240g drained or 1½ cups)
      • 2 lemons
      • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
      • ½ teaspoon sea salt
      1. To start, remove the seeds and the stalk of the pepper. Next, cut the pepper into quarters, (4 pieces.)
      2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
      3. Roast the chopped peppers along with the garlic on a baking tray. It is best to keep the garlic in its skin while its roasts. Roast the garlic for 10 minutes and the peppers for about 15-20 minutes or until easily pierced.
      4. Once cooked, peel the garlic and place into the food processor along with the peppers, tahini, extra virgin olive oil and salt.
      5. Then, rinse, drain and add the chickpeas to the food processor.
      6. Juice the two lemons into the mixture, discarding the skins, and blend until you reach the desired consistency.
      7. Chill the hummus in the fridge for a bit before serving.

      Cinnamon Sugar Pecans
      Prep time: 10 min
      Cook time: 1 hours
      Total time: 1 hour and 10 min

      Planning on celebrating the Fourth of July with a cold cocktail in hand? Treat your guests to a sweet treat with this easy DIY recipe for bar nuts. The cinnamon pairs well with the natural sweetness of the pecan nut. On the day of your celebration, warm the nuts slightly before serving as to entice guests and fellow cocktail drinkers to this simple and flavorful snack.

      Ingredients:

      • 1 egg white
      • 2 teaspoons of water
      • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
      • 1lb pecan halves
      • 1 cup of sugar
      • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      1. To start, preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
      2. Prepare a baking sheet and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
      3. In a large ziplock bag, combine the sugar, cinnamon and salt.
      4. Then, in a large mixing bowl add the egg white, vanilla extract and water and whisk until frothy either with a fork or electric mixer.
      5. Next, add the pecans to the wet mixture and toss to combine.
      6. Add the coated pecans to the Ziploc bag and shake until all the pecans are covered in the dry mixture.
      7. Pour the pecans onto the baking sheet spread out evenly in a single layer and bake for one hour. Stirring the mixture every 20 minutes or as needed.
      8. After 1 hour remove the mixture from the oven, allow the nuts to cool, then serve!

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      Fourth of July – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1387587 41st Annual Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks
      East River, New York
      (212) 494-4495
      www.macys.com

      Date: July 4, 2017 at 9:25 p.m.

      Enjoy grand views and fun for the entire family this Independence Day. There are recommended, free, viewing spots. Your best bets are going to be in Midtown, Long Island City, Williamsburg and Greenpoint. For a complete breakdown of where to watch the fireworks by neighborhood, click here. The celebration kicks off at 8 p.m., but arrive early.

      Fourth Of July Cruises
      Chelsea Piers
      Pier 62 W. 22nd St.
      New York, NY 10011
      (212) 627-1825
      www.sail-nyc.com

      Date: July 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

      The Classic Harbor Line offers 5 classic style yachts to cruise Manhattan in opulence and get a front row view of the Macy’s Spectacular. The cruises book up fast, therefore it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance. The cost starts at $428 and goes up from there depending upon your selection. An open bar is included. Snacks are also permitted on board.

      Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
      Nathan’s Famous Restaurant
      1310 Surf Ave.
      Brooklyn, NY 11224
      (718) 333-2202
      www.nathansfamous.com

      There is nothing more American than hot dogs, fireworks and a day at the beach to celebrate Independence Day. The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is free to watch. Qualifiers are already in place, as competitors rally to win the international competition.

      Revolutionary Era Manhattan Walking Tours
      Manhattan’s Financial District
      Broadway and Murray Street
      New York, NY 10005
      (917) 716-4908
      www.patriottoursnyc.com

      Date: July 4, 2017 at 12 p.m.

      Revisit the time that led to our country’s independence with a walking tour of the Revolutionary Era. Patriot Tours take you back through the most historic part of Manhattan. Tickets are $40 per adult, $26 for children under 11 and endures for 2 hours and 30 minutes. The tours are ideal for history buffs or those wanting to brush up on the importance of Independence Day.

      4th Of July Roof Top Party
      The Penthouse @ The Hotel on Rivington
      107 Rivington St.
      New York, NY 10002
      (212) 475-2600
      www.hotelonrivington.com

      Date: July 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. to 12 p.m.

      Not a family event, but the Independence Day celebration on the 20th floor Penthouse on Rivington at The Hotel on Rivington is for the 21 and over crowd. Tickets are $200, which includes an open bar, buffet, guest DJ and an incredible view of Manhattan, Brooklyn and of course, fireworks. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to get yours today.

      One World Observatory July 4th Celebration
      One World Trade Center
      285 Fulton Street
      New York, NY 10007
      (844) 696-1776
      oneworldobservatory.com

      Date: July 4, 2017 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

      One World Observatory is hosting a July 4th celebration with views of the fireworks and ticket packages that include beer, wine and American fare. General admission tickets are $250 and the VIP admission package is $325.

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      Fourth of July – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1394647 Custom Koozies

      This is the gift that keeps on giving! Consider having custom koozies made for your guests. Choose red, white, and blue base colors and have custom sayings added to each one. Try to be fun and creative, as this is something that your guests can take home and use again and again. You’ll definitely want to give these out before the day gets started or leave them in a basket near the cooler for guests to pick up when they grab a cold beverage.

      Festive Plastic Sunglasses

      This is another favor that guests can wear during the party and take home to reuse. Your local dollar store should have some really fun, patriotic plastic sunglasses that your guests will love to wear. It’s a great way for everyone to show that they are Team USA!

      Bottle Opener

      Why not welcome your guests with their very own bottle opener? Just like the koozies, these can also be personalized with unique sayings. This is a small gift that will make your party guests smile every time they use it. If you don’t want to spend the money to have them custom made, you can write on them yourself using a glitter Sharpie.

      S’mores Kit To-Go

      This super-easy to-go kit can be made ahead of time and doesn’t require too much effort. Simply wrap two halved graham crackers, two regular-sized marshmallows, and half of a chocolate bar in cellophane. Attach a little note to the outside in red, white, and blue, with a matching ribbon. The note can say something like, “Take home s’more fun. Thank you for coming.” Guests can heat their marshmallows at home in a firepit or even on the stove.

      There really is nothing better than going home from a BBQ with some leftovers for the next day (or for later that night), and your guests will absolutely love you for it. Pick up some red, white, and blue containers or use colored ribbons to seal up everyone’s doggy bags.


      2019 NEW YORK - JULY 2019 LOCAL FOOD FESTIVALS, FOOD & WINE SHOWS & EVENTS waiting for new dates

      July 5-7, 2019 - I Love BBQ & Music Festival - Lake Placid, New York
      This annual event attracts the best BBQ competitors in the country and continues to grow in popularity year after year. Sampling opportunitites, food and beverage concessions and live entertainment.

      July 8-21, 2019 French Restaurant Week - New York, New York
      Thousands of New Yorkers and Francophiles celebrating French cuisine and culture. Numerous restaurants across New York will offer a special prix-fixe menu options during dinner, and in some cases, lunch.

      July 14, 2019 - Champagne & Jazz Party - New York, New York
      The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and presenting sponsors Côte d’Azur and Cannes invite you to celebrate Bastille Day at New York’s liveliest summer fête! Join us for a festive afternoon of French food, wine, culture, and entertainment on 60th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue. For over 20 years, every July, FIAF has hosted New York’s largest public celebration of France’s national holiday. The day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the birth of the modern French nation. Abounding with French cuisine, musique, dance, and myriad attractions for the whole family, this three-block fête populaire invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France!

      July 16, 2019 - Celebrate Mad. Sq. Chefs - New York, New York
      This annual event gathers the best chefs and restaurants in the neighborhood for an outdoor dining experience you won’t want to miss. Expect mouthwatering eats, artisanal cocktails, craft beers, and regional wines. We hope to see you there.

      July 19, 2019
      15th Annual Empire Brewfest
      Syracuse, New York
      Welcome to the New Empire Brewfest. Chevy Court on the New York State Fairgrounds. In addition to amazing craft beers from all over the State and Country, we've jam-packed the festival with hard to find craft beer, spirits, food, music, games, shopping and much, much more. This is the craft beer festival you've been training for.

      July 22-August 16, 2019
      NYC Restaurant Week
      New York, New York
      Your eating choices in New York City are as limitless as your cravings. Want a 15-course tasting menu at the latest trendsetting restaurant? A porterhouse for two at an old-timey steakhouse? A plateful of Chinese dumplings? The City has thousands of places featuring cuisines from around the world.

      July 28, 2019
      Annual Austerlitz Blueberry Festival
      Austerlitz, New York
      Sponsored by the Austerlitz Historical Society, the festival will include early 19th century craft demonstrations, live music and of course-lots of blueberries.

      July 28, 2019
      7th Annual Taste of Montauk
      Montauk, Long Island, New York
      Taste of Montauk at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina 6-9pm A Celebration of Montauk Restaurants. Culinary Bites from Montauk Restaurants | Long Island Wines | Local Beer. Live Music. Tickets $65 per person $75 at door.

      July 28, 2019 15th Annual Great Chefs Dinner
      Bridgehampton, New York
      The annual fundraiser benefits Hayground School's Jeff's Kitchen culinary education with top chefs, fine wine, and a silent auction.

      July 28-29, 2019 - Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest - Brooklyn, New York
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      July 19, 2018 - Good Beer: Craft Beer & Food Festival
      New York, New York
      28 Liberty Street. This year, we’re taking Good Beer back outside to the plaza. What can you expect? A breezy walk-around tasting where you’ll sample craft brews, hearty food and a mix of other delicious offerings in between, all included in the price of your ticket.


      when: Sep 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      where: Chelsea, 8th Ave. at 14th St. to 23rd St., New York, Ny

      Whether you have a picky eater on your hand or a budding food critic that loves to try new things (lucky you), this delicious adventure has something that will satisfy everyone’s appetite. Stroll down the street listening to live music and sampling from every culture and country imaginable, even treat your little ones to a tasty dessert. Pop into a local resturant, Pound & Ounce or Bareburger to name a few, to enjoy an outdoor graden party where you can sip on an adult beverage and your little ones can play with other kiddos. Wrap up the day with some added culture and check out a special preview from Mad Libs LIVE!, a musical for the younger theatre goers.


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      July 4th – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1595432 rd annual Macy’s 4 th of July Fireworks show in New York City.

      Thousands of NYPD officers will have their eyes on the crowd from the ground, on the water and in the air. This year, police are using new drone technology in their effort to keep everyone safe.

      The whole Fourth of July holiday leads up to 9:20 p.m. for the 30-minute fireworks show over the East River. Like all large-scale events in the city, police are taking extra precautions, especially in public viewing areas.

      “Officers will be checking people’s bags. Prohibited items – you’ll be asked to leave them aside. Officers have personal radiation detection equipment on their gun belts. They also have explosive trace detection, so they can swipe bags, similar to the airport,” NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James Waters said earlier this week.

      Web Extra: NYPD Outlines 4th Of July Security Plans

      Thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers will be deployed throughout the area.

      “We can’t have a cop in every location, but we could fly the drone to see what’s going on,” said NYPD TARU Commanding Officer Frank DiGiacomo.

      New this year, two NYPD drones will be keeping an eye on the crowds from the sky.

      “It gives us an opportunity to monitor crowds from our cellphones based directly from the drones,” NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.

      The drones can fly 40 feet up in the air and a half mile out. They help police determine the areas where officers are needed most. If there’s an issue, they can use the drones to speak directly to the crowd below.

      “We’re not zooming in on any faces or anything like that, but if there is some kind of criminality that’s going on, we can zoom into faces and get more of a detailed description,” said Det. Deeu John.

      The NYPD says there is no specific or credible threat to public safety.

      For the best views of the fireworks, head south of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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      July 4th – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1594965 rd annual Macy’s fireworks show.

      This year, the fireworks will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River. Organizers say more than 70,000 shells and effects will be deployed from the bridge and four barges near Pier 17.

      “With the iconic Brooklyn Bridge as our centerpiece and four barges lining the East River, we will launch an unprecedented barrage of color, light, sounds and shapes that will delight millions as they hum along to a patriotic and stirring musical score celebrating our Independence and landmark cinematic achievements,” Executive Producer Susan Tercero said in a press release.

      There will also be a special “The Wizard of Oz” tribute, as the film turns 80.

      The show starts at 9:20 p.m. and is expected to last about 30 minutes.

      Official Viewing Points:

      Elevated FDR

      Broad Street & Water Street
      Pearl Street & Dover Street
      Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place & St. James Place
      Pearl Street & St. James Place
      Montgomery Street & Cherry Street

      Lower Promenade

      Pike Slip & Cherry Street
      Market Street & Cherry

      ADA Viewing

      Murray Bergtraum High School Track & Field

      Bridge Closures:

      • Brooklyn Bridge will be fully closed from 2 PM Thursday, July 4th until 1 AM Friday, July 5th.
      • Manhattan Bridge may have intermittent closures throughout the day on July 4th.

      Street Closures:

      • Adams Street between Tillary and Joralemon Streets
      • Adams Street between York Street and John Street
      • Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Flatbush Avenue
      • Beard Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
      • Coffey Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
      • Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and Degraw Street
      • Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Dead End
      • Degraw Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets
      • Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
      • Ferries Street between King and Van Dyke Streets
      • Flatbush Avenue/Flatbush Avenue Extension between Tillary Street and Atlantic Avenue
      • Front Street between Jay Street and Old Fulton Street
      • Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
      • Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
      • Hicks Street between Brooklyn Queens Expressway and Old Fulton Street
      • Imlay Street between Summit and Pioneer Street
      • Jay Street between York Street and Dead End
      • John Street between Jay Street and Adams Street
      • Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Adams Street
      • King Street between Conover and Ferries Streets
      • Main Street between Front Street and Plymouth Street
      • Montague Street between Court Street to Montague Terrace
      • Old Fulton Street between Cadman Plaza West and Furman Street
      • Old Fulton Street between Hicks and Furman Streets
      • Old Fulton Street/Cadman Plaza West/Court Street between Henry and Joralemon Streets
      • Pearl Street between York Street and John Street
      • Pioneer Street between Van Brunt and Conover Streets
      • Plymouth Street between Adams Street and Main Street
      • Reed Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
      • Remsen Street between Court Street and Montague Terrace
      • Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
      • Summit Street between Van Brunt and Imlay Streets
      • Tillary Street between Prince Street and Cadman Plaza West
      • Van Brunt Street between Degraw Street and Dead End
      • Van Dyke Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
      • Washington Street between York Street and Dead End
      • Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
      • Water Street between Adams Street and Old Fulton Street
      • York Street between Jay Street and Front Street
      • All streets included in the area bounded by:
        • Grand Street on the North
        • Catherine Street/Slip on the South
        • South Street/FDR Drive on the East
        • East Broadway on the West
        • Allen Street between Division Street and Canal Street
        • Battery Place between State Street and West Street
        • Beekman Street between Pearl Street and South Street
        • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
        • Dover Street between Pearl Street and South Street
        • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and Delancey Street (including exit/entrance ramps)
        • Frankfort Street between Gold Street and Pearl Street
        • Front Street between Old Slip and Dover Street
        • Fulton Street between South Street and Gold Street
        • Gold Street between Fulton Street and Frankfort Street
        • Gouverneur Lane between Water Street and South Street
        • John Street between Water Street and South Street
        • Little Water Street between Fulton Street and Beekman Street
        • Maiden Lane between Water Street and South Street
        • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
        • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and St. James Place
        • Peck Slip between Pearl Street and South Street
        • Pike Street between Division Street and East Broadway
        • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
        • South Street between Whitehall Street and Jackson Street
        • St. James Place between Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place and Oliver Street
        • State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place
        • Wall Street between Water Street and South Street
        • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Dover Street
        • West Street between Battery Place and West Thames Street
        • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street

        For more information on the fireworks, click here. For street closures, see here.

        Tue, 02 Jul 2019 16:00:55 +0000

        July 4th – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1595022 rd annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show.

        This year’s fireworks will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges in the East River.

        Web Extra: NYPD Outlines 4th Of July Security Plans

        “With the iconic Brooklyn Bridge as our centerpiece and four barges lining the East River, we will launch an unprecedented barrage of color, light, sounds and shapes that will delight millions as they hum along to a patriotic and stirring musical score celebrating our Independence and landmark cinematic achievements,” Executive Producer Susan Tercero said in a press release.

        The show is expected to start at 9:20 p.m. and last about 25 minutes.

        Official Viewing Points:

        Elevated FDR

        Broad Street & Water Street
        Pearl Street & Dover Street
        Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place & St. James Place
        Pearl Street & St. James Place
        Montgomery Street & Cherry Street

        Lower Promenade

        Pike Slip & Cherry Street
        Market Street & Cherry

        ADA Viewing

        Murray Bergtraum High School Track & Field

        Bridge Closures:

        • Brooklyn Bridge will be fully closed from 2 PM Thursday, July 4th until 1 AM Friday, July 5th.
        • Manhattan Bridge may have intermittent closures throughout the day on July 4th.

        Street Closures:

        • Adams Street between Tillary and Joralemon Streets
        • Adams Street between York Street and John Street
        • Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Flatbush Avenue
        • Beard Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
        • Coffey Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
        • Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and Degraw Street
        • Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Dead End
        • Degraw Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets
        • Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
        • Ferries Street between King and Van Dyke Streets
        • Flatbush Avenue/Flatbush Avenue Extension between Tillary Street and Atlantic Avenue
        • Front Street between Jay Street and Old Fulton Street
        • Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
        • Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
        • Hicks Street between Brooklyn Queens Expressway and Old Fulton Street
        • Imlay Street between Summit and Pioneer Street
        • Jay Street between York Street and Dead End
        • John Street between Jay Street and Adams Street
        • Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Adams Street
        • King Street between Conover and Ferries Streets
        • Main Street between Front Street and Plymouth Street
        • Montague Street between Court Street to Montague Terrace
        • Old Fulton Street between Cadman Plaza West and Furman Street
        • Old Fulton Street between Hicks and Furman Streets
        • Old Fulton Street/Cadman Plaza West/Court Street between Henry and Joralemon Streets
        • Pearl Street between York Street and John Street
        • Pioneer Street between Van Brunt and Conover Streets
        • Plymouth Street between Adams Street and Main Street
        • Reed Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
        • Remsen Street between Court Street and Montague Terrace
        • Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
        • Summit Street between Van Brunt and Imlay Streets
        • Tillary Street between Prince Street and Cadman Plaza West
        • Van Brunt Street between Degraw Street and Dead End
        • Van Dyke Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
        • Washington Street between York Street and Dead End
        • Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
        • Water Street between Adams Street and Old Fulton Street
        • York Street between Jay Street and Front Street
        • All streets included in the area bounded by:
          • Grand Street on the North
          • Catherine Street/Slip on the South
          • South Street/FDR Drive on the East
          • East Broadway on the West
          • Allen Street between Division Street and Canal Street
          • Battery Place between State Street and West Street
          • Beekman Street between Pearl Street and South Street
          • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
          • Dover Street between Pearl Street and South Street
          • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and Delancey Street (including exit/entrance ramps)
          • Frankfort Street between Gold Street and Pearl Street
          • Front Street between Old Slip and Dover Street
          • Fulton Street between South Street and Gold Street
          • Gold Street between Fulton Street and Frankfort Street
          • Gouverneur Lane between Water Street and South Street
          • John Street between Water Street and South Street
          • Little Water Street between Fulton Street and Beekman Street
          • Maiden Lane between Water Street and South Street
          • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
          • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and St. James Place
          • Peck Slip between Pearl Street and South Street
          • Pike Street between Division Street and East Broadway
          • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
          • South Street between Whitehall Street and Jackson Street
          • St. James Place between Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place and Oliver Street
          • State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place
          • Wall Street between Water Street and South Street
          • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Dover Street
          • West Street between Battery Place and West Thames Street
          • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street

          For more information on the fireworks, click here. For street closure details, see here.

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          July 4th – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1594353 EASY DECOR

          What You Need:

          Mason Jars
          White Flowers
          Optional: Red Flowers
          Blue & Red Food Coloring

          How to Make:

          1. Cut flowers to fit the mason jar
          2. Add:
          – Water to Mason Jar
          – 2-3 drops of blue food color to each mason jar filled with water and stir (add drops until desired blue color is achieved)
          – 2-3 drops of red food color to each mason jar filled with water and stir (add drops until desired red color is achieved)
          3. Place the white flowers in the mason jar

          EPIC CHEESE PLATTER

          What You Need:

          Assortment of white cheeses
          Fruit (all red – strawberries, raspberries)
          blueberries
          Mini cookie cutter

          How to Make:

          Cut out stars with a mini cookie cutter out of cheese
          Add blueberries to the left corner of the platter, add star cheese on top
          Start layering all different white cheese, red fruit (*strawberries, raspberries), veggies, dried fruit (raisins, craisins), and nuts (cashews), to look like an American flag
          Optional: use meats for the red stripes

          STAR SPANGLED SANGRIA

          What You Need:

          Blueberries
          Strawberries
          Star shaped cookie cutter
          Green apples (peeled)
          1 bottle of white wine
          2 ounces orange liqueur
          2 cups club soda or lemon lime soda

          (Can also use store bought sangria)

          How to Make:

          Make stars with apples and mini cookie cutter
          Add all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice
          Chill overnight
          Optional: soak fruit overnight in the orange liqueur

          What You Need:

          Bamboo skewers
          Blueberries
          Strawberries
          Bananas or mini marshmallows

          How to Make:

          Thread 10 blueberries onto bamboo skewer (adjust for the size of your bamboo skewer)
          Slice strawberries and bananas
          Thread strawberries and bananas onto skewer – alternating colors to look like an American Flag
          Optional: use marshmallows instead of bananas

          What You Need:

          Red, white and blue candy (not limited to:)
          – gumballs
          – M&Ms
          – Hershey Kisses
          – Skittles
          – Twizzlers

          How to Make:

          Using different sized barnett jars
          Add candy to each jar
          If candy is unwrapped, add a scoop

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          July 4th – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1398945 Cowboy Caviar
          Prep time: 15 minutes
          Inactive: 1 hour to overnight
          Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes or more

          Freshly chopped ingredients executed well is a surefire way to put any store brand can name to shame. Make your own version of corn salsa with these simple ingredients that pack a lot of flavor with minimal effort. Make this recipe the night before and simply pour into a serving bowl accompanied by any chip of your choice and serve!

          Ingredients

          For the dressing:

          • 1/2 cup of olive oil
          • 1/3 cup of lime juice
          • 3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro
          • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
          • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
          • 1 teaspoon of salt
          • 1 cup of Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
          • 1 cup of red onion, diced
          • 1 cup of sweet corn (drained if from a can)
          • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
          • 2 bell peppers, diced
          • chips (for serving)
          1. In a small bowl, add the olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, chili powder, cumin and salt. Whisk to combine.
          2. In a larger bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, red onion, corn, black beans and bell peppers. Top with dressing and toss to combine. Refrigerate for an hour, minimum, or overnight.
          3. Pour the caviar into a serving dish and arrange the chips as desired.
          4. Serve and enjoy!

          Homemade Kettle Corn
          Total Time: 5 minutes

          No day of fun is complete without a bag full of popcorn. July 4th is the perfect time to rent a popcorn machine for your big celebration. If you don’t have a popcorn machine, a simple pot will do the trick. You can even make this popcorn a day or two in advance, the options are endless with this sweet treat.

          Ingredients:

          • 1/4 cup of oil, (any cooking oil of your choice, canola is a good oil for frying)
          • 1/2 cup of uncooked popcorn kernels
          • 2-3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
          • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
          • 1-2 tbsp melted butter (if desired)
          1. To start, set aside a large bowl to place the freshly popped popcorn in once cooked.
          2. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, add the oil along with three individual popcorn kernels. To avoid burning a whole batch of kernels, add three individual kernels to the oil, while it heats up. Once you hear all three kernels pop, add the rest of the kernels and shake the pan for about 10 seconds to coat the kernels.
          3. Next, pour the sugar and salt directly over the popcorn. Cover and shake for 3 seconds, rest for 3 seconds and repeat until popcorn begins to pop steadily.
          4. Continue shaking the pan, and pause occasionally to listen for breaks in popping. Once there is a two-second rest between pops, give or take, pull from the heat and transfer to the set-aside bowl, immediately.
          5. Allow the popcorn to cool for a few minutes before serving. Add butter if desired.

          Caprese Pesto Bites

          If Mediterranean food is what you crave, look no further than this ingenious deconstructed caprese salad. Skip the local deli prepared cheese platter this year and opt for a flavorful, elegant and most importantly simple starter. Make the pesto in advance and simply assemble the sauce in a small serving dish surrounded by cheese, tomatoes and sliced rustic bread. Supply toothpicks to hold all the ingredients in place and enjoy.

          Ingredients:

          • 1 cup packed basil leaves
          • 1/4 cup of pine nuts1/4 cup romano cheese
          • 1/4 cup romano cheese
          • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
          • 1/4 cup of olive oil
          • salt and pepper
          • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes (14 tomatoes or so per pack depending on guest attendance)
          • Mozzarella cheese
          • 1 loaf of Italian bread
          1. On medium-high heat, toast the pine nuts in a medium sized pan for 3-4 minutes stirring frequently.
          2. Then, place the toasted pine nuts into a food processor along with the basil and process until the mixture is chopped finely.
          3. Next, add in the Romano cheese, garlic and process until combined.
          4. While processing, drizzle in the olive oil slowly until completely incorporated.
          5. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

          Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, slice the bread into 1/4 inch thick rounds as well as the mozzarella cheese. Place the pesto dish in a separate serving bowl as well as the rest of the prepared ingredients, accompanied by toothpicks to assemble all the ingredients into a perfect bite-sized appetizer.

          Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
          Prep: 5 min
          Cook time: 20 min
          Total Time: 25 min

          A great way to feed a large crowd while still being pocket savvy is to make dishes that will stretch your dollar, chickpeas do just that. Once you’ve transformed your chickpeas into hummus, create a platter by adding some pretzel crisps, pita chips and freshly cut veggies with the hummus in the middle. Make this a few days in advance, store in the fridge and come celebration day simply assemble your platter and serve within minutes.

          Ingredients:

          • 2 large red bell peppers
          • 2 large cloves of garlic
          • 2 tablespoons of tahini
          • 1 can of chickpeas (240g drained or 1½ cups)
          • 2 lemons
          • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
          • ½ teaspoon sea salt
          1. To start, remove the seeds and the stalk of the pepper. Next, cut the pepper into quarters, (4 pieces.)
          2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
          3. Roast the chopped peppers along with the garlic on a baking tray. It is best to keep the garlic in its skin while its roasts. Roast the garlic for 10 minutes and the peppers for about 15-20 minutes or until easily pierced.
          4. Once cooked, peel the garlic and place into the food processor along with the peppers, tahini, extra virgin olive oil and salt.
          5. Then, rinse, drain and add the chickpeas to the food processor.
          6. Juice the two lemons into the mixture, discarding the skins, and blend until you reach the desired consistency.
          7. Chill the hummus in the fridge for a bit before serving.

          Cinnamon Sugar Pecans
          Prep time: 10 min
          Cook time: 1 hours
          Total time: 1 hour and 10 min

          Planning on celebrating the Fourth of July with a cold cocktail in hand? Treat your guests to a sweet treat with this easy DIY recipe for bar nuts. The cinnamon pairs well with the natural sweetness of the pecan nut. On the day of your celebration, warm the nuts slightly before serving as to entice guests and fellow cocktail drinkers to this simple and flavorful snack.

          Ingredients:

          • 1 egg white
          • 2 teaspoons of water
          • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
          • 1lb pecan halves
          • 1 cup of sugar
          • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
          • 1/2 teaspoon salt
          1. To start, preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
          2. Prepare a baking sheet and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
          3. In a large ziplock bag, combine the sugar, cinnamon and salt.
          4. Then, in a large mixing bowl add the egg white, vanilla extract and water and whisk until frothy either with a fork or electric mixer.
          5. Next, add the pecans to the wet mixture and toss to combine.
          6. Add the coated pecans to the Ziploc bag and shake until all the pecans are covered in the dry mixture.
          7. Pour the pecans onto the baking sheet spread out evenly in a single layer and bake for one hour. Stirring the mixture every 20 minutes or as needed.
          8. After 1 hour remove the mixture from the oven, allow the nuts to cool, then serve!

          Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:11:00 +0000

          July 4th – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1387587 41st Annual Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks
          East River, New York
          (212) 494-4495
          www.macys.com

          Date: July 4, 2017 at 9:25 p.m.

          Enjoy grand views and fun for the entire family this Independence Day. There are recommended, free, viewing spots. Your best bets are going to be in Midtown, Long Island City, Williamsburg and Greenpoint. For a complete breakdown of where to watch the fireworks by neighborhood, click here. The celebration kicks off at 8 p.m., but arrive early.

          Fourth Of July Cruises
          Chelsea Piers
          Pier 62 W. 22nd St.
          New York, NY 10011
          (212) 627-1825
          www.sail-nyc.com

          Date: July 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

          The Classic Harbor Line offers 5 classic style yachts to cruise Manhattan in opulence and get a front row view of the Macy’s Spectacular. The cruises book up fast, therefore it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance. The cost starts at $428 and goes up from there depending upon your selection. An open bar is included. Snacks are also permitted on board.

          Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
          Nathan’s Famous Restaurant
          1310 Surf Ave.
          Brooklyn, NY 11224
          (718) 333-2202
          www.nathansfamous.com

          There is nothing more American than hot dogs, fireworks and a day at the beach to celebrate Independence Day. The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is free to watch. Qualifiers are already in place, as competitors rally to win the international competition.

          Revolutionary Era Manhattan Walking Tours
          Manhattan’s Financial District
          Broadway and Murray Street
          New York, NY 10005
          (917) 716-4908
          www.patriottoursnyc.com

          Date: July 4, 2017 at 12 p.m.

          Revisit the time that led to our country’s independence with a walking tour of the Revolutionary Era. Patriot Tours take you back through the most historic part of Manhattan. Tickets are $40 per adult, $26 for children under 11 and endures for 2 hours and 30 minutes. The tours are ideal for history buffs or those wanting to brush up on the importance of Independence Day.

          4th Of July Roof Top Party
          The Penthouse @ The Hotel on Rivington
          107 Rivington St.
          New York, NY 10002
          (212) 475-2600
          www.hotelonrivington.com

          Date: July 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. to 12 p.m.

          Not a family event, but the Independence Day celebration on the 20th floor Penthouse on Rivington at The Hotel on Rivington is for the 21 and over crowd. Tickets are $200, which includes an open bar, buffet, guest DJ and an incredible view of Manhattan, Brooklyn and of course, fireworks. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to get yours today.

          One World Observatory July 4th Celebration
          One World Trade Center
          285 Fulton Street
          New York, NY 10007
          (844) 696-1776
          oneworldobservatory.com

          Date: July 4, 2017 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

          One World Observatory is hosting a July 4th celebration with views of the fireworks and ticket packages that include beer, wine and American fare. General admission tickets are $250 and the VIP admission package is $325.

          Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +0000

          July 4th – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1398449 Bristol

          Established in 1785, the Fourth of July Celebration in Bristol, Rhode Island is America’s oldest continuous Independence Day celebration. Despite being held in a small city, the parade will be a lively and festive occasion with a huge throng of spectators, local dignitaries, marching bands and floats vying for awards like Most Patriotic and Most Original. Because Bristol’s annual celebration began June 20 with the kickoff of the Concert Series and Bristolwood Ball on June 24, lodging may be scarce locally, although additional lodging may be found at larger hotels in Providence, like Hotel Providence, Hilton Providence and the Dean Hotel.

          Filled with fancy cars, emergency service vehicles and plenty of American flags, this small parade in South Lake Tahoe doesn’t dazzle spectators like larger parades. But the added bonuses are the fireworks shows at night, including one of the best in the country – Lights on the Lake. Lights on the Lake can be viewed from multiple vantage points on the South Shore, like public beaches, Lake Tahoe Resort and onboard tour boats. Visitors staying on the North Shore can enjoy the fireworks shows at Kings Beach and Incline Village, with popular viewing spots like the North Tahoe Events Center and the new Lake Club at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

          Philadelphia

          The City of Brotherly Love will once again be hosting the largest free July 4th celebration in the country. Held from June 29 to July 4, Wawa Welcome America will feature several marquee events, like the Independence Day Parade, Party on the Parkway and Wawa Welcome America Concert, with headliners Mary J Blige, Philadelphia’s own Boyz II Men, the Philly POPS and the Grand Finale Fireworks over the famed Philadelphia Museum of Art. Suggested last minute hotel reservations from popular travel apps like HotelTonight include Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Rittenhouse Hotel and the Logan.

          Held since 1878, America’s Birthday Parade opens the gigantic four-day celebration, Fair St. Louis. One of the nation’s largest July 4th celebrations with an estimated 250,000 visitors, Fair St. Louis will offer daily, family-friendly attractions like a kid’s zone and dog shows, along with an impressive collection of local food vendors and regional artists at the Fairway. The premier draws are the scheduled performances of world-class entertainers like AKON, 3 Doors Down and Jake Owen. Many of the best hotels in St. Louis can be found along the Mississippi River near the iconic Gateway Arch, like Millennium Hotel St. Louis and Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch.

          Washington D.C.

          What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than in the nation’s capital? The National Independence Day Parade follows a route along Constitution Avenue while sweeping past some of America’s most treasured landmarks, like the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian Museums. An enormous crowd will be on hand to enjoy marching bands, colorful parade balloons and patriotic street performers. Afterwards visitors can visit admission free attractions like the American History Museum and the National Archives, home of the original Declaration of Independence, with the evening capped by the massive fireworks show on the National Mall. Among suggested places to stay in D.C. are Kimpton Hotel Monaco and the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

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          July 4th – CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/?p=1394629 Arts & Crafts

          Have an arts & crafts table set up for the kids to do a couple of fun art projects. Have the young ones create decorative coloring pages (these can be educational, too!), work alongside them to make a 4th of July wreath or some adorable pom pom eagles. Another option is to use string, crepe paper, ribbon, and more to create a custom piece of hangable art. Make sure you stick to a red, white, and blue theme. Check out Pinterest for tons of other creative ideas.

          Family Relay Race

          Set up a relay race with different family-friendly obstacles in your backyard. For example, place a hula-hoop on the ground next to a bag of red and blue water balloons. When it’s your team’s turn, one person runs up, grabs a balloon, and then sits on it to pop it inside the hula-hoop before racing back to tag the next member on the team. You can also include jump rope and potato sack races to round out your course.

          Taking children to watch fireworks is a tradition for many families. Kids absolutely love watching the night sky light up with different colors. However, did you know that you could make watching fireworks into a fun game? Give your kids a crayon and a piece of paper, then have them keep a tally of every red, white, and blue firework that they see. The child closest to mom or dad’s answer wins a patriotic prize (like a flag cookie). You can also have them guess how many different fireworks will be set off during the show.

          Baking Special Cupcakes or Cookies

          So many kids really love helping out in the kitchen. For the 4th, why not grab a fun recipe for cookies or cupcakes? Let the kids help with the baking and then set them up at the table to decorate the cookies or the cupcakes. Be sure to go heavy on blue and red M&M’s, sprinkles, and red, white, and blue icing!

          Hold A Bike Parade

          Gather up your kids and their friends to hold a bike parade. You can provide red, white, and blue crepe paper, streamers, ribbons, and other craft items to let the kids decorate their bikes before having them ride in the “parade.” Pick a safe parade route and invite neighbors to sit out and watch. The kids will love showing off their cool decorated bikes to everyone in the neighborhood. You can also offer a prize for the most creative bike decor.


          Thomas Keller's Fried Chicken and American Sparklers for the 4th of July

          What is it about fried chicken that makes it a quintessentially American food, perfect for serving on Independence Day?

          "It's something that everybody can relate to. You can find great fried chicken everywhere, from your roadside fry joint to white tablecloth restaurants," explains Lee Brian Schrager, who, with Adeena Sussman, recently published a fried chicken cookbook called Fried & True. With recipe contributions from the likes of Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc in Yountville, Calif., Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm, Israel-born, U.K.-based Yotam Ottolenghi, and New York's favorite Ethiopian-Swedish chef, Marcus Samuelsson, the book is an easy, exuberant and delicious snapshot of the best of American cooking today.

          To help plan your July 4 menu, Keller has shared his excellent buttermilk fried chicken recipe, made deeply flavorful through the combination of a multifaceted brine and careful attention to seasoning at each step. Serve it warm from the fryer with napkins, or chilled, in a picnic basket. For the latter serving style, Schrager recommends, "Let the chicken cool down completely first, so the juices will settle into the chicken and it stays crispy, before putting it in the fridge."

          On this most American of holidays, known for dazzling nighttime pyrotechnic displays, it's only natural that you'd pour American sparklers, whose effervescence and acidity make an easy foil for the chicken's fat and salt. Below, we've provided a list of 10 recently rated, recommended wines from California, Washington and New Mexico. Happy Fourth!

          Thomas Keller's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

          Adapted from Fried & True: More Than 50 Recipes for America's Best Fried Chicken and Sides by Lee Brian Schrager and Adeena Sussman, published by Clarkson Potter, 2014.

          • 5 lemons, halved
          • 24 bay leaves
          • 1 bunch (4 ounces) fresh flat-leaf parsley
          • 1 bunch (1 ounce) fresh thyme
          • 1/2 cup clover honey
          • 1 head garlic, halved through the equator
          • 3/4 cup black peppercorns
          • 2 cups (10 ounces) kosher salt, preferably Diamond Crystal brand
          • 2 gallons water
          • 2 2 1/2- to 3-pound chickens (see note on chicken size, below)

          1.Combine all the brine ingredients in a large pot, cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the salt. Remove from the heat and cool completely, then chill before using. The brine can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

          2. Cut each chicken into 10 pieces: 2 legs, 2 thighs, 4 breast quarters and 2 wings. Pour the brine into a container large enough to hold the chicken pieces, add in the chicken and refrigerate for 12 hours (no longer, or the chicken may become too salty).

          • Peanut or canola oil, for deep-frying
          • 1 quart buttermilk
          • 6 cups all-purpose flour
          • 1/4 cup garlic powder
          • 1/4 cup onion powder
          • 1 tablespoon paprika, plus 1 teaspoon
          • 1 tablespoon cayenne, plus 1 teaspoon
          • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon, and more to taste
          • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
          • Ground fleur de sel or fine sea salt
          • Rosemary and thyme sprigs for garnish

          1. Remove the chicken from the brine (discard the brine) and rinse under cold water, removing any herbs or spices sticking to the skin. Pat dry with paper towels, or let air-dry. Let rest for 1 1/2 hours, or until it comes to room temperature.

          2. If you have two large pots (about 6 inches deep) and a lot of oil, you can cook the dark and white meat at the same time if not, cook the dark meat first, then turn up the heat and cook the white meat. No matter what size pot you have, the oil should not come more than one-third of the way up the sides of the pot. Fill the pot with at least 2 inches of peanut oil and heat to 320° F. Set a cooling rack over a baking sheet. Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper.

          3. Meanwhile, combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, kosher salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer half the coating to a second large bowl. Pour the buttermilk into a third bowl and season it with kosher salt and pepper to taste. Set up a dipping station: the chicken pieces, one bowl of coating, the bowl of buttermilk, the second bowl of coating, and the parchment-lined baking sheet.

          4. Just before frying, dip the chicken thighs into the first bowl of coating, turning to coat and patting off the excess dip them into the buttermilk, allowing the excess to run back into the bowl then dip them into the second bowl of coating. Transfer to the parchment-lined pan.

          5. Carefully lower the thighs into the hot oil. Adjust the heat as necessary to return the oil to the proper temperature. Fry for 2 minutes, then carefully move the chicken pieces around in the oil and continue to fry, monitoring the oil temperature and turning the pieces as necessary for even cooking, for 11 to 12 minutes, until the chicken is a deep golden brown, cooked through, and very crisp. Meanwhile, coat the chicken drumsticks and transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet.

          6. Transfer the cooked thighs to the cooling rack, skin-side-up, and let rest while you fry the remaining chicken. (Putting the pieces skin-side-up will allow excess fat to drain, whereas leaving them skin-side-down could trap some of the fat.) Make sure that the oil is at the correct temperature, and cook the chicken drumsticks. When the drumsticks are done, lean them meat-side-up against the thighs to drain, then sprinkle the chicken with fine sea salt.

          7. Turn up the heat and heat the oil to 340° F. Meanwhile, coat the chicken breasts and wings. Carefully lower the chicken breasts into the hot oil and fry for 7 minutes, or until golden-brown, cooked through and crisp. Transfer to the rack, sprinkle with salt, and turn skin-side-up. Cook the wings for 6 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through. Transfer the wings to the rack and turn off the heat.

          8. Arrange the chicken on a serving platter. Add the herb sprigs to the oil (which will still be hot) and let them cook and crisp for a few seconds, then arrange them over the chicken. Serves 4 to 6.

          A note on chicken size: You may need to go to a farmers market to get these small chickens. Grocery store chickens often run 3 to 4 pounds. They can, of course, be used in this recipe, but if chickens in the 2 1/2- to 3-pound range are available to you, they're worth seeking out. They're a little easier to cook properly at the temperatures we recommend here and, most important, pieces this size result in the optimal meat-to-crust proportion, which is such an important part of the pleasure of fried chicken.

          RECOMMENDED AMERICAN SPARKLING WINES

          Note: The following list is a selection of outstanding and very good wines from recently rated releases. More wines can be found in our Wine Ratings Search.


          • For the Peach Filling:
          • 2 pounds (about 8 medium) firm but ripe summer peaches, pitted and cut into roughly 3/4-inch cubes (about 5 1/2 cups see note)
          • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
          • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 lemon
          • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional see note)
          • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
          • Pinch kosher salt
          • Generous pinch freshly grated nutmeg (optional see note)
          • 2 drops almond extract (optional see note)
          • For the Biscuit Topping:
          • 5 1/4 ounces (1 cup) all-purpose flour
          • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (4 ounces), divided
          • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
          • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
          • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
          • 1/2 cup whole milk
          • Ice cream or whipped cream, for serving

          For the Peach Filling: Preheat oven to 400°F and set rack to middle position. In a large bowl, combine peaches with sugar, lemon juice, bourbon, cornstarch, salt, nutmeg, and almond extract. Stir well to combine. Scrape peaches and any juices into an 8- by 8-inch baking dish and set on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake on middle rack for 10 minutes.

          Meanwhile, for the Biscuit Topping: In a large bowl, stir together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and quickly toss to coat with flour. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into dry ingredients until it resembles coarse meal. Alternatively, cut butter into dry ingredients by pulsing in a food processor until it resembles coarse meal, then transfer to a bowl. Using a fork, stir in milk until mixture just comes together into a slightly sticky dough avoid over-mixing.

          Drop spoonfuls of biscuit dough all over peaches, smoothing slightly to avoid any overly thick sections and mostly covering the fruit (though a few gaps and cracks are fine) leave a small opening in the center. Alternatively, if you prefer individual sections of biscuit instead of a more complete covering, use less dough and space the spoonfuls farther apart.

          Return cobbler to oven and cook for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar with 2 tablespoons water. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, swirling frequently. Cook until all sugar is dissolved and syrup thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Keep syrup warm. Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of syrup all over biscuit topping discard any remaining syrup.

          Return cobbler to oven and bake until browned on top and biscuit is fully cooked through (a cake tester should come out clean when inserted into biscuit near the center of the baking dish), about 25 minutes longer. Let rest at least 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream on the side.



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