Your Guide to Fourth of July in Union Square


Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing day barbecuing, take advantage of amazing deals, or spend the evening on a trendy rooftop bar, we’ve got the ultimate guide to July 4th in the Union Square neighborhood.

All Your BBQ Essentials

Greenmarket (Union Square Park): Head to the world-famous Greenmarket Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday and pick up farm-fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, wines, juices, and any other farm products you might need for your barbecue (we’ve got a District Deal for that).

Whole Foods (4 Union Square South): Whole Foods has recipe and dessert ideas that will make you the most popular person at your picnichot dogs. A favorite summer dessert is the locally-produced Sorbabes gourmet sorbet.  Don’t worry about offending anyone, the sorbet is vegan, gluten free AND delicious.

Union Square Wine and Spirits (140 Fourth Avenue): Manager Katherine Moore recommends a young, bright, and refreshing rosé wine for the weekend. Not just a sensible choice for its crisp taste, New York Times proclaimed rosé the summer drink.  Union Square Wine and Spirits features rosé from around the world.

Bedford Cheese Shop (67 Irving Place): Bedford Cheese Shop has a wide variety of American cheeses, pickles, and spreads that are perfect for any 4th of July gathering! Some cheese that is sure to impress comes from New York-based Vulto Creamery, which you may have also encountered at the Greenmarket. Vulto offers a “sweet” Miranda cheese and “funky” Ouleout that is perfect with IPA. Bedford Cheese Shop also recommends pickles and chips from two amazing Brooklyn-based companies: Sour Puss and McClure’s.

Duane Reade (52 East 14th Street, 873 Broadway, & 245 First Avenue): You can never go wrong at the seasonal aisle at Duane Reade.  Find all of your outdoor essentials including kids’ games, bug spray, sunscreen, spatulas, and decorative candles.

Party City (38 West 14th Street): Make your celebration extra colorful with zany costumes and star-spangled party favors. Festive items include themed plates, napkins, pinwheels, and noisemakers. Be sure to also check out the red, white, and blue top hats and the Uncle Sam costumes.

Major Sales*

As always, Union Square is one of the best neighborhoods for shopping. Check out these Fourth of July deals!

American Eagle (19 Union Square West): For a limited time only, take an additional 50% off clearance!

Best Buy (52 East 14th Street): Pre-4th of July sale on electronics and more.

The Children’s Place (36 Union Square East): Up to 80% off site-wide and free shipping on all orders.

DSW (40 East 14th Street): Up to 50% off Pre-4th of July sales

Famous Footwear (50 West 14th): Up to 80% off sale shoes (Gone for July 4th weekend? Check out our summer District Deal to Famous Footwear)

GNC (10 Union Square East): Buy one get one 50% off Mix and Match Pre-4th of July sale

Nordstrom (60 East 14th Street): Up to 50% off Nordstrom’s Pre-4th of July sale

PC Richard + Son (120 East 14th Street): Major sale on all air conditioners and barbecues, with details to be announced shortly

Reebok (1 Union Square West): Up to 50% off shoes, clothing, and accessories plus free shipping

Sephora (45 East 17th Street): Shop all beauty deals for 10% off for VIP members with code: V436CB

Sleepy’s (32 West 14th Street): Half off most mattress options with free delivery to anywhere. Buy one, get one free offers on pillows

*Confirm all sales with their respective company.

The Outdoors

Enjoy the outdoors in style!

Summer in the Square (Union Square Park): Join the Union Square Partnership for another set of fabulous Thursday programming on July 2nd in Union Square Park from 7AM – 7PM.

Bar 13 (35 East 13th Street): A fun, multi-leveled rooftop bar, sure to be exciting on the Fourth!

Have an amazing Fourth of July weekend!