By Brooklyn Reader

July 3, 2014, 12:28 pm



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It’s a 4th of July 3-day weekend! Woo hoo!!

But with all that NYC has to offer, in the event you somehow still black out and can’t figure out a single thing to do, the Brooklyn Reader has done the work for you.

Here are the Top-12 Things to Do in Central Brooklyn This 4th of July Weekend:

All Weekend:

#1. Go to the beach!

Here are five free beaches around NYC to get things on and poppin!2ec3aae9c93fc5b30be52864dfdc167e

1. Jones Beach, 1 Ocean Parkway, Jones Beach is one of New York State’s biggest beaches, with 6.5 miles of sand, two swimming pools, a two-mile boardwalk, miniature golf and the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center. It also has four bath houses, each with its own signature personality—oriented either for families; one for seclusion; one for adult play; and even one for a little nudity.

2. Fort Tilden Beach, Beach 169th St, (at the Atlantic Ocean), NYC’s best-kept secret, this lifeguard-free three-mile stretch of clean sand, trees and grassy dunes is so isolated that even on a summer weekend you’ll get a good 50 yards of beach to yourself.

3. Coney Island Beach, West 37th Street to Ocean Parkway, The most famous beach in New York, at Coney Island Beach, you can lay out, swim, ride a roller coaster, eat a hotdog at Nathan’s Famous, visit the city’s main aquarium, go to a concert, or simply watch the parade of people moving up and down the boardwalk. Lots to do for adults and children alike.

4. Rockaway Beach, Beach 3 Street to Beach 153 Street and Boardwalk, All the beaches in New York have sun, sand, and waves, but only Rockaway Beach, in Queens, has surfing. This beach is clean and picturesque for selfies of you and friends on the rocks with the water splashing in the background!

5. Jacob Riis Park Beach, Rockaway Beach Blvd, This “fairly secluded, laid-back beach” is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. It draws an eclectic crowd; everyone feels welcomed. One tip: Bring your own food, since the concession stands aren’t always open and there aren’t restaurants close by.


#2. Hang out at one of the boroughs fabulous public pools:74fb9425a5152dbc2e48ce3e7f908390
  1. Kosciusko Pool, 670 Marcy Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant
  2. Red Hook Recreation Center, 155 Bay St, Red Hook, Red Hook
  3. Double D Pool, 3rd Avenue and Nevins St., Park Slope/Gowanus
  4. Sunset Park Pool, 6th Avenue and 44th St., Sunset Park
  5. McCarren Park Pool, Lorimer St at Bedford Ave,Greenpoint


#3. Check out the the Spike Lee Movie Festival at BAMby-any-means-necessary-a-spike-lee-joints-retrospective_585_358_90_c1

Beginning June 29 – July 10, BAMcinématek and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents “By Any Means Necessary: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective.” Spend the day looking back on nearly three decades of remarkable Spike Lee Joints. BAM is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene.


#4. Get your African arts on!10386242_10152191670163553_5924260507937118638_n

Don’t miss the 43rd International African Arts Festival! The even kicks off Thursday, July 3 – Sunday, July 6, from 10:00am – 9:00pm, at Commodore Barry Park, Navy Street between Flushing and Park Avenue in Brooklyn. Donation is $3.00 at the gate.


Friday, July 4

#5. Go to a party where the food, the crowd and the beats are more diverse and mixed up than a pot of jambalaya! (This is a great party; I was there last year).

10363225_10152090973775064_6377080078849584549_nRUB-A-GRUB feat. DJ Akalepse @ Do or Dine Backyard

Do or Dine is excited to be hosting a special Fourth of July Rub-A-Grub this year. This party features DJ Akalepse (Truth & Soul/ Plane Jane) and DJ Still Life (STR8 West Coastin/ Worldwide Smash) and a three-part menu crafted by Do or Dine’s chefs. The event will kick-off in the afternoon and feature three rounds of food and drinks, each coupled with different DJ sets. Round-one will feature appetizers and bloody mary’s, followed by a second round of appetizers and beer and shot special. Taking us into the evening will be round three, which will include a featured cocktail and Do or Dine’s take on BBQ.


#6. Go grab some free BBQ at Freddy’s


Freddy’s Restaurant in South Slope will be serving free ‘cue on Friday, as well as offering drafts from all its taps for only $4. A deal like this means the place will surely be packed, so plan to show up early and come hungry. And if you prefer to bring your own barbecue, that’s fine, too: The bar’s grill masters are happy cook it for you.


#7. Watch the fireworks from a rooftop party in the Brooklyn Navy Yard!10325568_10152230748434503_6317536519809104843_n

The fireworks are back on the east side, which means they go up from only a few hundred yards from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And we just happen to have the most unique venue with the best view EVER!  Brooklyn Grange, 63 Flushing Avenue, #300. Tickets available here:


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