Funky Barbecues, Vintage Cocktails, and Hot Dog Eating: Epic Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July Weekend


Funk N’ Cue,
Governors Island, 10 South Street, Friday, 5 p.m.

George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic host this holiday eve barbecue, which offers guests the chance to funk-up Governors Island in full view of Lady Liberty. The menu includes summer favorites like pulled pork, barbecue chicken, burgers, hot dogs, and grilled corn, with additional dishes available for purchase. Additional musical guests include several members of the band (not the vegetable) Lettuce and Fonky Kong. A cash bar will also be on hand. Tickets start $35 for general admission and do not include food or drink; reserve them here.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Nathan’s Famous, 1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, Saturday, 10 a.m.

The Super Bowl of competitive eating is taking place this Saturday. Though you might eat hot dogs a little differently, this Fourth of July tradition which started in 1916 is a fun for all ages event. Local New Yorkers “Crazy Legs” Conti and Yasir Salem are a few of the participants looking to take the title belt from returning champion Joey Chestnut, while “The Black Widow” Sonya Thomas looks to maintain her championship status.

Fourth of July Clambake Extravaganza, Extra Fancy, 302 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, Saturday, 12 p.m.

Grab a glimpse of the fireworks at Extra Fancy’s backyard patio or head to the nearby Williamsburg waterfront after filling up at this all you can eat clambake. Chef Sean Telo’s version offers guests littleneck clams, Bangs Island mussels, sausage, and shrimp to feast one, with a can of Budweiser thrown in as part of the $40 per person offer. The bar will also have plenty of cocktails on hand including a line up featuring the new Patrón Citrónge mango tequila for fans of seasonal drinks. Tickets will also be available for $45 at the door, though guests can save in advance by purchasing a ticket here.

Mad Men Vintage Cocktail Series, Alder, 157 Second Ave., Saturday and Sunday

Fans of Mad Men can unleash their inner Don Draper thanks to a new cocktail series by Alder’s beverage director Travis Brown. The bar purchased spirits based off those used on AMC’s Mad Men, and is creating special cocktails with them; available nightly for $25. The menu includes a Manhattan made with Four Roses bourbon as well as a martini rosso vermouth, with drinks including the martinez and daiquiri also making an appearance this summer.

Gospel Brunch, Melba’s 125, 163 W 125th St. – 3rd Fl., Sunday, 12 p.m.

If your Fourth of July celebration means a slow start to your Sunday, recuperate with an all-you -an eat gospel brunch. For $19.99, guests can dine on chicken and eggnog waffles, omelettes, and a selection of select Southern-inspired entrees.  Drinks and dessert are available for an additional cost; reservations can be made by contacting or by calling 212-864-7717.