The Long Weekender
Keep your eye on the prize, New York. The LONG holiday weekend is nearly here! Many will be fleeing the city and escaping to the beach, while others stick around and enjoy life without the masses. Whether you’re staying put, heading east, or going down the shore, you’ve been given the gift of one extra day of freedom. So get out there and enjoy your long weekend!
Here’s what’s happening in…
NEW YORK CITY
For those sticking around town:
WHAT TO DO:
- Everyone is gone — enjoy! Since many New Yorkers skip town for the long weekend, now is a good time to get out and be a tourist in your own city. Take a stroll through Central Park and pack a picnic. Check out South Street Seaport and all the fun stuff happening down there. Rent a bike and cruise Governor’s Island. Explore different neighborhoods.
- Watch people eat lots of hot dogs: July 4th isn’t just about the fireworks; it’s also about crowning the next hot dog eating champion. This Friday is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest out in Coney Island. If you head over for this epic food event, be sure to also save time to explore Coney Island and ride a roller coaster.
- Eat lots of corn dogs: Celebrate the glorious hot dog without going all the way to Coney Island. Beeline it to a Shake Shack near you, where they’ll be offering mouthwatering corn dogs for a limited time in honor of America’s birthday.
- Take a day drip: Seize the opportunity to get out of your typical weekend routine and hit the road, if only for a day or two. It’s amazing how much is within just a couple hours of the city. Whether you hop in an Uber, borrow a friend’s car, or take the train, use your extra day of freedom to rent a kayak in Cold Spring, visit Dia-Beacon, or head to the pristine beaches of Fort Tildon. (Fun fact: You can take a ferry straight from Wall Street to Fort Tildon beaches.)
- Go to a MoMa party: Head to MoMa PS1 this weekend to experience its Saturday summer party series, Warm Up, which attracts some of the best DJs from around the world. MoMa PS1 isn’t having all the fun this long weekend; Au Rivoir Simone will be playing Thursday night at MoMa’s Sculpture Garden.
WHERE TO WATCH:
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- South Street Seaport
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade
- Williamsburg Waterfront
- One of these rooftops: Wythe Hotel, Berry Park, Northern Territory
- On a boat
For those Ubering, Jitney-ing, driving, or UberCHOPPER-ing out to the Hamptons:
WHAT TO DO:
- Go vineyard hopping: Set aside time to enjoy walking through Long Island’s beautiful vineyards. Some of our favorites include Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack, Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck, or Paumanock and Baiting Hollow Farm if your headed to the North Fork. All of these gorgeous estates offer tours and special tastings, and most have live music at sunset. Paumonock even has a special oyster happy hour that pairs quite nicely with its crisp Sauvignon Blanc. And don’t worry — no judgement if you feel like tasting every label and vintage; just remember to request an Uber afterwards to get home safely.
- Soak up the scene at Surf Lodge: Montauk hotspot, Surf Lodge, will host three great bands over the long weekend as part of its popular summer concert series; Au Rivoir Simone on Friday (in case you missed them the night before at MoMa!), St. Lucia on Saturday, and Grizfolk on Sunday. With a line-up like that, it really doesn’t matter which night you make it over, just as long as you get there in time to skip the lines.
- Take lots of Ubers and get a free shirt: We’re hooking up our frequent Hamptons riders by offering the chance to get a FREE custom men’s shirt from Knot Standard when you ride Uber twice over this weekend. With all your trips back and forth from the beach and the bar, it will be easy to rack up at least two Uber trips before July 8 for a free shirt. Click here for more details.
- Stop for treats: The Candy Kitchen makes for a great pit stop once you hit the border of Bridgehampton. The old fashioned soda shoppe is a local staple and is worth checking out. Enjoy a homemade ice cream, milkshake, or butter pecan sundae. Go crazy and get sprinkles.
WHERE TO WATCH:
- Montauk “Stars Over Montauk” 4th of July: Umbrella Beach, just west of town. (But you should be able to see anywhere along the beach.)
- Sag Harbor Yacht Club Fireworks on July 5th: Marine Park, Haven’s Beach, or Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf
- Westhampton Beach Country Club on July 4th: This is a private event, but anyone can watch from Westhampton Beach village and areas along Main Street and Dune Road.
For those heading down the shore:
WHAT TO DO:
- Surfs up! Since you have an extra day, leave the book and beach chair at home and rent a surf board and take a lesson instead. The Jersey Shore has some great surf, so take this long weekend as an opportunity to ride some waves.
- Grab sunset drinks: After a long day of lounging, swimming, and sunning, hit up Bar Anticipation (Bar A) in Belmar for seaside drinks. Then head over to D’Jais for some live music and (more) drinks. Stick around through the night if you want to experience the Jersey Shore party scene (just be sure to request an Uber home after your night out on the town).
- Bike down the boardwalk: Rent a bike and start cruising; you’ll cover a lot more ground when traveling by wheels. You can also off-road it and try one of the many biking trails around the Jersey Shore area.
- Get tacos: Don’t miss stopping by Surf Taco for one of their famously fresh tacos. This spot is one of our favorites after a day at the beach. Luckily they have quite a few locations, so whether you’re hanging in Belmar or vacatioing in Long Branch, you can still dig in to their Mahi Mahi tacos or chicken Baja Bowls.
WHERE TO WATCH:
There are fireworks happening along the beach all weekend long (you can’t miss ’em!). But a couple of our favorite firework celebrations include:
- Bradley Beach
- Asbury Park Beach
Happy 4th of July, NYC!
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