Six Ways to Let Freedom Ring

Celebrate the Fourth like a New Yorker

independence day!

To commemorate the birth of our great nation, we asked our editors (and a few people walking down Broadway) for examples of things that are as American as apple pie (or Don Henley). Discover the most popular answers — and where to find them this holiday weekend — below.

Hot Dogs and Burgers
Park Slope’s Bark Hot Dogs recently opened an outpost on the roof of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 concession stand. Grab artisanal wieners, grilled-to-order patties, Sixpoint brews, and wine on tap (today, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday and Monday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.)

Blue bloods will love Blue Smoke’s takeout picnics. The lineup: chipotle wings; corn and tomato or potato salad; baby back ribs, pulled pork, or beef brisket; mac and cheese or cornbread; and patriotic cupcakes. To order, call 212-447-6058, $16 per person (ten-person minimum).

Ice Cubes

Hey, Europe, lukewarm beverages are terrible. Dutch Kills is famous for hand-chipped chunks, oversize cubes, and meticulous spheres that mellow and mix in harmony with the delicious cocktails it chills.

Take yourself way out to a ballgame. The Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees go head-to-head Sunday at 6 p.m. on Coney Island. Tickets start at $8 (take money for beer and pretzels). Besides, everyone already knows who will win that other Subway Series.

Snow Cones
If they can keep Louisiana cool, imagine what Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls can do for NYC. The New Orleans-style shaved ice comes in Chinese takeout containers doused with flavored syrups like birthday cake, tiger’s blood, and raspberry. A large is $7, so don’t even think about ordering a small.

Catching the Dirty Beaches and Lower Dens 7 p.m. show tonight at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 technically counts as watching by the bay. Similar to babes running in slo-mo, the bands’ fuzzed-out sets will leave you pleasantly dazed. Plus, the concert is free.

Just like the USA.

Photo: John Block / Getty Images

1904 Surf Ave
@ W 17th St
Brooklyn, NY 11224
145 7th Ave S
@ Charles St
New York, NY 10014
Dutch Kills
27-24 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
Brooklyn Bridge Park
2 Old Fulton St
@ Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
116 E 27th St
bt Lexington & Park Aves
New York, NY 10016
South Street Seaport
89 South St
@ Pier 17
New York, NY 10038