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Kick off the 4th with the Co-Op City Fireworks Show on Tuesday
Bring a chair and head to the Section 2 Greenway opposite of the Little League field. There will be live music and vendors before they begin. More info here.
Head to the Beach or Your Local Pool
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a backyard to host a BBQ or a pool to enjoy. But you can take advantage of the free public pools and beaches in NYC. If you want to do both- grab a portable grill and head to a pool that’s within a park and allows grilling, or to Orchard Beach. Throw some dogs on the grill and spend the day splashing away. Find your closest pool.
Did you know? It’s not the Bronx but we just had to share that there are only three times a year you can BBQ in Central Park- Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
Participate in- or watch- Turtle Cove’s 1st Annual Burger Challenge
If you’re hitting the beach anyway, afterwards head to Turtle Cove Golf Center and join their 1st Annual Burger Challenge. Each contestant will have a half hour to finish (3) one pound burgers, 2 pounds of french fries, half pound bun, 20 ounce beverage, 6 slices of bacon, 8 slices of cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and an onion. www.turtlecovegolfcenter.com
A Salute to America and New Orleans Style Jazz at Van Cortlandt Park
Join the Bronx Arts Ensemble for a free Fourth of July Concert in Van Cortlandt Park featuring John Replogle’s “Hot Beignets” as they perform New Orleans Style Jazz and Patriotic favorites. The performance will take place at Rockwood Drive Circle (Mosholu Ave. and Broadway) near the horse stables in Van Cortlandt Park from 2-4pm. www.nybg.org
Tip: Hit Van Cortlandt pool before or after the concert
Spend the Morning at the New York Botanical Garden
For a more low key 4th, head to NYBG and spend the morning at the new Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit, partake in cooking demos, and then grab some veggies to throw on the grill at home at their weekly Farmers Market. www.nybg.org