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5 New York City Fourth Of July Dates

In some ways, Fourth Of July is the only holiday that really works for first dates: it's not family-sentimental time, like Christmas, nor is it go-crazy-with-friends time, like New Year's or Halloween. (And god save the foolhardy dater who schedules a date during laden-with-pressure time, like Valentine's Day.)

No, Fourth Of July is relaxed, let's-celebrate-our-country time. Best of all, the whole day is a holiday, so if you wanted to schedule an activity with a date during the afternoon, and keep your evening open for BBQ'ing, that works, too.

The best advice for a Fourth Of July date is to take it easy, embrace the Americana, and try to fit a snowcone or a hamburger in there somewhere. It wouldn't be Fourth Of July without it.

1. Grab A Drink At Fraunces Tavern


Fraunces Tavern is the original tavern down in what is now the Financial District, where George Washington bid farewell to his troops after the American Revolution. Despite its historical significance, Colonial Williamsburg this is not: the tavern has a huge bar menu with tons of draughts, whiskeys, and house cocktails to try, and you can mostly ignore the museum part, if you're worried about feeling like you're on a field trip.

2. Get Some Real Fireworks On Your Date


The Macy's Fireworks start at 9 pm, and are shot off from 20th street to 55th street. Grab a seat anywhere along the Hudson (or, if you're lucky, a rooftop with an unobstructed view of the Western Sky) and enjoy the show. A red white and blue picnic is easy to do: red wine, blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. Patriotic and romantic!

3. Attend The Annual Fourth Of July Hotdog Eating Contest


Is there anything more American than rooting for people as they compete to eat the most hotdogs? This year's event is fittingly being hosted by Pepto-Bismol, and weirdly being hosted by Nick Cannon: obviously, you don't want to miss it. Grab a date with a good sense of fun and head out to Coney Island to see the action.

4. Nighttime Walking Tour Of Revolutionary New York


If you're looking to cozy up to your favorite history geek, check out this nighttime tour of New York's Colonial Past. The 2 am to 6 am tour ends at Trinity Church, where participants will get to watch the sunrise -- awww! Follow it up with breakfast and you've got yourself a perfect backwards date!

5. Check Out Some Old American Silent Films


In honor of America's cinematic past, the Dixieland Band "The Red Hook Ramblers" will be playing live accompaniment to classic silent comedies at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn. Grab some popcorn (sneak in a flask?) and find a date who enjoys a good pratfall as much as you do.

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