Happy birthday, America. You look great for a lady turning 238. Seriously, Independence Day is here and that means picnics, beach days, brunches, cocktails, and fireworks.
Here's our guide to the best places to eat and drink this long holiday weekend. Weekend starts now!
Coconut Grove Hot Dog Eating Contest
In Coney Island U.S.A., the world's most competitive eaters will gather today for a chance at the Mustard Belt at the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog eating contest. Last year, Joey Chestnut beat his own world record and chomped his way to victory by downing 69 dogs, while Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas was crowned women's champion by scarfing 45 franks. You can catch the action on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. then head over to Cocowalk for the sixth annual Independence Day hot dog eating contest. Last year, Liam Burt won by eating 11 wieners. Admission is free...including all the sausage jokes you can handle.
You know what's best about a three-day weekend? Three days of brunch, of course. Get a leg up on your mimosa and bloody mary consumption.
Tongue & Cheek is offering Friday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specials include apple-brined smoked BBQ chicken, smoked BBQ fish sandwich with bread & butter pickles, and house-made pecan and apple pies. Bottomless mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys, and selected craft beers are $25 or go for the two-buck PBR's if you're budget-minded.
Semilla is hosting a July 4th combo brunch/world cup party, so you can watch Brazil take Columbia and France play Germany. Starting at 11 a.m., enjoy Wagyu beef sliders ($16); ham and cheese croissants ($12); caramelized onion tart ($11) or other fare while watching the games. $16 gets you unlimited bloody marys and every table gets a complimentary basket of fresh baked mini pastries.
America... We'll Drink to That
The USA is celebrating a birthday, so let's raise our glasses and toast our fair country. Check out our list of the best July 4th cocktails to celebrate with - some even include recipes if you're planning a backyard bash.
Baby, You're a Firework
Come on. Admit it. Nothing gets your heart pounding and your pulse racing as much as a good fireworks show - especially if you're a Chihuahua. But even if you're not a tiny lap dog, those sparks lighting up the night sky, the sonic booms, the smoke in the air give us all a frisson of delight. If you want to know where to go to see the best show, check out our list of the best places to eat and drink while watching fireworks. From a boat to an elegant resort to a private rooftop terrace, we've got the places for you to get your "boom" on.
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Bacon Beach Bash
Bikini bods and pig flesh. No, you didn't fall into Kermit the Frog's sex dreams about Miss Piggy. You're thinking about the inaugural Bacon Beach Bash this Saturday, July 5 at Nikki Beach. What's the concept? Pretty amazing. It's your typical beach dance party...with free bacon. So, while you're dancing and tanning you'll be scarfing down bacon-stuffed mushrooms, beer-candied bacon, bacon deviled eggs, and bacon-wrapped goat cheese balls. The party (and bacon) goes from noon to 11 p.m. and tickets are $25 before 2 p.m.; $35 after. Get your tickets at wanttickets.com.