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Maybe you missed out on Independence Day barbecues. Maybe because July 4th landed on a Thursday and you had to work on Friday, or you didnít receive an invite to a weekend grillfest. We feel you.
But all is not lost. There are more opportunities to get BBQ in your system for the remainder of the summer if you donít happen to have your own grill to make it happen.
Now hereís the thingóBBQ had always been a deeply personal subject and EVERYONE has an opinion on it. So, letís make this an open thread where we all weigh in on our favorite places. Because at the end of the day, the goal is getting grilled meats, veggies, and everything else in between in your gutóand thatís a win-win situation.
That said, here are some fab places around the country recommended by readers:
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It's only appropriate for July, the month host to Independence Day, that we reflect on the things that matter most to us as Americans. Specifically we're referring to freedom, and even more specifically, the freedom to fly to an island and fill up on seafood.
If you find yourself chillin' on Martha's Vineyard this summer and wondering what's to eat (especially when it comes to midnight donut cravings), we've got a few suggestions:
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Believe it or not, a few years ago there existed a helicopter transfer service from the Wall Street Heliport in New York City out to the city's airports. It was awesome. For $120 (or $99 on sale), travelers could zip from downtown to their awaiting airplane flight in 10 minutes.
And then the recession happened. US Helicopter is no more, and those big ballin' heli rides to the airports are over and done with unless you're President Obama or making it rain with thousand dollar bills.
The magic may be back, however; ride booking service Uber just announced that today (July 3) only, from 12-8pm, New Yorkers will be able to open their Uber apps and book a freakin' chopper to the Hamptons. There's just one thing: it's $3,000 one-way for five people (including Uber SUV transfers to the Manhattan heliport and from the East Hampton heliport).
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Haven't yet made plans for USA's birthday celebrations next week? If your palms just got sweaty and you panicked a little bit, we've got you covered with our picks of the best ways to ring in the 237th year this fine country has been a republic.
Maybe you just convinced your boss to give you the long Fourth of July weekend off or maybe you simply need a getaway; whatever the reason, so long as you're looking to get your year's fill of fireworks, hot dogs and potato salad, these are the places for you:
With Independence Day arriving next week, this weekend will be prime time for purchasing fireworks to celebrate July 4. Because every state decides its own fireworks policywith some banning the sale of fireworks entirelythere's often an increase in road trips with the express purpose of loading up the back of a pick-up with those red, white, and blue boxes of sparkle power.
In case you were hoping to do some firework shopping and then fly home, the TSA issued their annual "no fireworks allowed" warning on the official TSA blog. Wondering what exactly is banned? Here's a list:
While some celebs, like George Clooney and Zac Efron, left the country for the Fourth of July, Josh Duhamel and Fergie spent the 4th at one the country's most patriotic partiesthe North Carolina Fourth of July Festival.
The annual festival takes place in Southport, N.C. where they don't just spend one day celebrating Independence Day, but a whole week. Daily events include parades, fireworks, concerts, and tours.
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Well, there's definitely one US city that won't make the next list for Foursquare's most firework-crazy cities, mainly because people didn't even have the chance to check in to the event in San Diego before a major fireworks fail.
Last night, San Diego's "Big Bay Boom" pyrotechnics show suffered a technical glitch that caused all fireworks to go off at once, 5 minutes before showtime. Grab a can of soda from the fridge and you'd have missed it; the display only lasted ten seconds before all fizzled out.
LA Weekly was one of the first news outlets to publish a story on the FAIL last night, even including that the Port of San Diego was quick to issue an apology via their Twitter account. Of course this negative event now has a positive spin: videos of the fireworks blast are going viral online.
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It's almost time to make the drive to your favorite fireworks display, set up the folding chairs and light the sparklers for the Fourth of July. And it's not just you that's excited. Location-based social networking app Foursquare is psyched for the BBQ, beachside and beer store check-ins coming their way this week and they've just shared with us the most popular cities (and other places) from past Independence Days.
Let's see the stats:
Most Firework-crazy cities*
· Cadillac, MI
· Glens Falls, NY
· Auburn, NY
· Laconia, NH
· Milledgeville, GA
· Coffeyville, KS
· Whitewater, WI
· Astoria, OR
· Hudson, NY
· Keene, NH
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When it comes to holiday weekends, it's hard to think past almost-here Memorial Day. But if you plan on getting out of town for the Fourth of July, the time is now to start planning your trip. There are a number of patriotic packages ready for the picking.
Check out some July Fourth deals after the jump.
Picnics are almost as synonymous with the Fourth of July as fireworks. If you plan on spending the Fourth along the river with a basket full of goodies, let us help you out. We dug around for some picnic-ready food that you can easily pack and bring to your Fourth of July shindig.
· Fried chicken
The beauty of fried chicken is that itís a delicious finger food whether it's hot or cold. But donít do KFC; go gourmet with Fulton Valley buttermilk fried chicken from soul food spot Brown Sugar Kitchen ($6.50 for two pieces) in Oakland. Chicagoís upscale deli Goddess and Grocer offers a picnic menu that includes fried chicken and buttermilk dressing ($21 per person). If there are vegheads in your party, bring festive red pepper hummus and vegetables.
Thereís plenty of options for checking out fireworks this holiday weekend, but if awesome waterfront locations arenít your thing, thereís always a more far out option. The citizens of Roswell, New Mexico just canít give up on that whole UFO thing, and our nationís birthday is a chance for them to celebrate both independence and intergalactic invaders.
This yearís festival runs from July 1 through July 5. There are daily seminars and discussions about all things outer space at the Goddard Planetarium and International UFO Museum and music every night to give you a break from all the science fiction. Plus they usually sneak in a couple laser shows set to the tunes of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
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Nothing pairs better with fireworksóother than booze and barbecue, of courseóthan a riverfront view. Let's face it, anything is better with a vista of the water. But there's something special about seeing the exploding colorful lights illuminated on the water. To help you get the most bang out of your Fourth of July, we narrowed down the top five riverfront spots for fireworks.
Check out our riverfront picks after the jump.