Live music, drink specials, and a pig on a spit are all waiting for you in Bay Ridge this Fourth of July weekend!
Macy’s fireworks are launching near the Brooklyn Bridge this year, so Ridgites will be robbed of their straight-up-the-Hudson view of the country’s premiere pyrotechnics displayl. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other patriotic things to do in Bay Ridge for America’s birthday 238th birthday.
Celebrate America America-style — by gorging on grub. The Lockyard [9221 Fifth Ave. between 92nd and 94th streets] is having a down-home pig roast. Local caterer Pig Guy NYC will bring home the bacon with pulled pork sandwiches, a roasted pork platter, and macaroni and cheese. And you can wash down all that swine with some swell swill, because the bar is unlocking its liquor cabinets with some serious drink specials. The Babe-basting kicks off at 2 pm.
If you prefer more standard cookout fare, hoof it over to the patriotically named Red White and Brew [8910 Fifth Ave. between 89th and 90th streets] for another U.S. staple — hamburgers and hotdogs. There will be drink specials too, and real American (read: domestic) beers will be available for as little as $2. Red White and Brew’s grill-master is firing up his flame broiler at 2 pm and won’t stop slinging sustenance until it’s too dark to roast a dog (around 8 or 9 pm, owners say).
But getting boozed up and gorging on various roasted meats isn’t for everybody. Luckily, there is plenty of family friendly fun to be had.
The annual Greater Bay Ridge Fourth of July Picnic will grace the baseball fields at 82nd Street and Shore Road for a seventh year, and with food, games, and music, there is certainly something for everyone.
Bring your own food or enjoy some free grub from the picnic’s organizers. There will be sprinklers to keep everyone cool, and games and rides for kids to enjoy. Plus, six bands will rock the park and keep crowds grooving until sundown. To top it off, proceeds from rides will go to 68th Precinct youth programs. The fun starts at 11 am and ends at 9 pm.