Last Night's Parties: Partying For America Over The Long Weekend

by Mara Siegler · July 5, 2011

Not everyone left the city this long weekend. Plenty stuck around to enjoy the 4th of July festivities, BBQ with friends, drink for liberty, watch competitive eaters gorge themselves on nearly inedible meat and watch the Macy's Fireworks. Check it out!

Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating

Where: Coney Island

Other Details: Five-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut took home the Mustard Belt again this year by gorging himself on  62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas ate 40 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes and won the first-ever pink Pepto Bismol Belt in the women's division. Meanwhile, renegade Takeru Kobayashi set an unofficial new world record by downing 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes on a rooftop in the Flatiron District. Disgusting and yet, glorious. [Via]

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

Where: West side

Other Details: After a day of BBQ and sunshine, thousands lined the west side last night to catch a glimpse of the Macy's fireworks. Beyonce performed "God Bless The USA" and her new single "The Best Thing I Never Had." Brad Paisley, who was completely overshadowed by her,  also performed a number. [Via]



4th of July Pier Party [Take a look at photos HERE]

Where: Pier 81

Other Details: Where was the best place to catch the famous Macy's 4th of July fireworks you ask? At Pier 81 obviously. New Yorkers enjoyed good eats, wine, beer, carnival games, music spun by DJ Jason Fioto and DJ Rafeal and fireworks lighting up the sky. Get more details HERE and take a look at more photos HERE.