Events for Independence Play

The Fourth of July is fast upon us. On Monday we will celebrate the birth of US independence – you could say it was our very own Brookxit! If you’re celebrating in our brilliant borough, here are our recommendations.


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For the 40th year, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the sky over the East River. Bigger and better than ever, the annual sky spectacular will wow spectators across downtown Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. From around 9:20pm over 56,000 fireworks will burst forth at a rate of 2,200 per minute. For a good viewing spot you will have to get there early – so pack a picnic and make a day of it. Be prepared to stand or sit on the ground – no chairs or large items are allowed into viewing areas. Brooklyn Bridge Park will be the prime spot, followed by Brooklyn Heights Promenade, or you could head further north to Grand Ferry Park or East River State Park in Williamsburg, or Greenpoint’s WNYC Transmitter Park. Of course if you have any friends with rooftops in the area, now is the time to give them a call! As the highest point in Brooklyn, Sunset Park is also a great option.


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If battling the crowds to see the fireworks isn’t how you’d like to celebrate freedom then there will be plenty of festive-fun on the boardwalk down south at Coney Island. Ride the roller-coaster, play carnival games, enjoy some fried-fare, go swimming or relax on the beach. The now in its 100th year, the famous Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Competition will chomp-off at 10am. Will anyone beat Joey Chestnut’s world record of 69 franks and buns in 10 minutes? The Coney Island Fireworks kick-off at 9:30pm and while the pyrotechnics are much more low-key than Macy’s, the beach view more than makes up for it!


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Can’t decide who gets your vote for best Independence Day activity? Well our presumptive nominee is Prospect Park! The Prospect Park Alliance has organized a day of free or inexpensive family-friendly activities. Celebrate the holiday with a ride on the Park’s beloved 1912 carousel, from 12-6pm ($2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets, free with Alliance Family Plus membership). From 1-4pm Lefferts Historic House will celebrate America’s birthday with reproductions of one of the greatest documents ever written, the Declaration of Independence. Make yourself a plumed hat to wear while signing your own “John Hancock” ($3 suggested donation). The Audubon Center will host a free day of nature exploration from 12-4pm with Discovery Packs, bird games and a Citizen Science project.


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It is important to remember that when the Declaration of Independence was signed, African-Americans were still slaves. The 45th Annual International African Arts Festival (IAFF) is a great opportunity to celebrate traditional and contemporary expression of various African cultural art forms. The four-day grassroots cultural festival is a fave of local African-American and Caribbean American Brooklynites. From 10am-9pm, Friday to Monday, Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene will be transformed into an outdoor African cultural oasis with a Food Court, music and dance performances, a kids play zone, poetry show and more. What started in 1971 as a small vendor market has grown into an African Marketplace with over a hundred vendors offering one-of-a-kind, handcrafted original designs of merchandise ranging from jewelry, fashion, body products imported African fabric, artifacts, furniture, paintings and more. Entry is by suggested donation ($5).

Easter in the Brooklyn Burrow

Looking for some local fun family activities this Easter weekend? Leave the hunting up to us, and then your kids!

 

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Do your little ones race like rabbits through the usual egg hunt and need more of a challenge? Brooklyn Boulders in Gowanus is hosting a vertical egg hunt for 4 to 12 year olds. Climbing cottontails will search high and low for eggs and can look forward to a bunch of raffles and prizes.
Saturday March 26, 10am – 12pm. $20 per child.

 

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If you’re worried too much of the sweet stuff will result in hyperactive youngsters, then pack a picnic and head to the park. Prospect Park’s Audubon Center is running nature exploration activities where kids of all ages will learn about park animal winter survival tactics, how to identify birds and how to make their own tube of lip balm. Later Lefferts Historic House will host potato sack races, stilts, spoon races and more ($3 suggested donation).
Friday March 25 – Sunday March 27, 12 pm – 4 pm. Free.

 

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For a traditional egg hunt in Greenpoint, your chicks will love McGolrick! Kids up to 10 years old can bring a basket and participate in the finding frenzy or meet the Easter bunny and take part in arts and crafts activities. Babies and toddlers will roam in their own eggsclusive area, while older kids search for special eggs with prizes and raffle tickets inside.
Saturday March 26, 12pm. $15 per child, $20 at the door.

 

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A good time is in the basket this Easter weekend, at Green Meadow Farms at Aviator Sports and Events Center, located within Floyd Bennett Field on Jamaica Bay. The urban farm will host egg hunts, hay rides and pony rides. There will also be a giant hay wagon slide, a petting zoo and the opportunity to meet Whiskers the Bunny.
Thursday March 24 – Sunday March 27, $8 per child.