Congratulations! You have survived the polar vortex , earned the right to enjoy summer in Brooklyn and now can enjoy the many things to do in Brooklyn . (And if you didn’t get to experience the polar vortex? You can enjoy Brooklyn Summer too, but don’t rub it in!)

Fourth of July

Spend this Fourth of July in Brooklyn! There are a plethora of events to take advantage of and this year the Fourth falls on a Friday, which practically guarantees the celebration continues through the weekend.

On Coney Island, Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest draws thousands of visitors, while the evening brings the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks display, easily the most spectacular fireworks in the country. This year’s fireworks display takes place on the East River, so you can take in the exciting display from Brooklyn or Manhattan. For the best spots to view Fourth of July fireworks in Brooklyn we recommend:

Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St. (at Fulton Ferry Landing)
In the neighborhood affectionately known as “DUMBO,”(Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), this 85-acre park has a carousel and riverside esplanades with prime views of Manhattan and unobstructed views of the river (we’re obsessed).

Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade
Columbia Heights, (between Middagh and Montague Sts)
This esplanade has “postcard-ready views of lower Manhattan,” as TONY describes them, and also offers clear views of the river.

South Street Seaport
19 Fulton St., at Front St.
This Manhattan neighborhood, located just on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, attracts locals and tourists alike, and offers numerous outdoor concerts throughout the summer. The South Street Seaport offers clear views of the river, making it an ideal spot for firework viewing.

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without a picnic basket brimming with treats. For a Southern take on the picnic, check out Seersucker (329 Smith Street)—their fried chicken is out of this world. For more variety in your picnic provisions stop by Forager’s City Grocer (56 Adams St) a specialty food shop in DUMBO.

Dance Theatre of Harlem at Prospect Park Bandshell

July 31

The Dance Theatre of Harlem just finished their spring season at Lincoln Center and a subsequent East Coast tour, the company arrives for a free Celebrate Brooklyn! performance. For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.

Afropunk Fest

August 23 Commodore Barry Park, Fort Greene
This annual festival consistently highlights the best in new artists

Brooklyn Street Fairs and Parades

Summer is the best way to experience the multitude of street fairs and parades in Brooklyn:
Grand Street Block Party  June 28, 2014   2pm-8pm
Grand Street between Bushwick and Manhattan Avenue

Nathan’s Famous Hot- Dog Eating Contest  July 4, 2014  12pm
1310 Surf Avenue

The Color Run  July 5, 2014
Aviator Sports, Floyd Bennett  Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave

Coney Island on Tap Beer Festival  July 12, 2014
MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave

Celebrate Brooklyn!  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds   July 26, 2014  7pm
Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West