Celebrate July 4th Locally and Get More Bang For Your Buck

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner. Our friends at CBS Local have researched the very best food, fireworks and fun to have locally.

Below are examples of the very best of the best that our city has to offer. No matter if you grill out in your own backyard or venture to the best places to watch the fireworks, here are all the greatest resources to make your holiday great.

The George Washington Bridge is seen from the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Apr 30, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

George Washington Bridge To Unfurl Its American Flag On July 4th

If you’ve gone over the George Washington Bridge on a national holiday, then you know there is a very big reason to slow down and look up.

Traffic on the Garden State Parkway - Bloomfield, NJ - Jun 30, 2011 (credit: New Jersey Turnpike Authority)

Motorists Get Early Start On July 4th Weekend

While travelers are hoping to beat the traffic, it’s estimated that 1.6 million cars will be on the Garden State Parkway Thursday, which is slightly fewer than what was expected Friday.

Fireworks are seen on the Hudson River - New York, NY - Jul 4, 2010 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

Macy’s Fireworks Preparations Underway On Staten Island

The Macy’s folks say this year’s show is going to be a 25-minute show with more colors, shapes and effects.

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Jones Beach Fans Will Have A Different Fireworks Show To Enjoy

It’s not the Jones Beach fireworks, but it is guaranteed to dazzle.

Gas Price - Yonkers, NY - Jun 27, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Gas Prices Going Down In Time For July 4th Holiday Weekend

Are you hoping to hit the road for Independence Day weekend? There’s some good news for you!

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The Best Places To Get Gelato/Ice Cream In NYC

Whether you prefer soft-serve, hard, gelato or sorbet—we’ve got you covered (in chocolate sauce and sprinkles if you prefer), with the best ice cream and gelato shops in New York City – the 2011 version.

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New York City’s Best Little-Known Parks

Think beyond Central Park. Some of NYC’s best parks lie in Harlem, Roosevelt Island and Brooklyn. Spend time at one of these hidden green gems this Earth Day.

Ribs from Blue Smoke. (Image from www.bluesmoke.com)

Best BBQ In NYC

The South is well-represented in New York city, at least in terms of barbecue. CBSNewYork brings you our list of the best BBQ restaurants in NYC just in time for July 4.

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The 5 Best Ice Cream Shops In The Tri-State Area

We’ve already brought you our picks for the best ice cream in Manhattan. With the warm weather in full effect, we thought it best to hit the other four boroughs – and across the Tri-State – in search of the most delectable chilled-out sweets.

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Top 5 Patriotic Movies

Celebrate July 4th with one of these patriotic flicks.

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Plan Your Picnic: 10 Red, White & Blue Food Ideas

Take your Fourth of July picnic, barbecue or pool party to the next level by serving Independence Day-themed cuisine.

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Part 1: Ultimate 4th of July Playlist, The Classics

Whether you’re planning a barbeque, fireworks-viewing party or road trip, we’ve got your patriotic soundtrack covered! America’s countryside, cities, freedom and flag have been the inspiration for countless songwriters. Many of the U.S.’s most distinctive […]

Crowds line up at the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. (credit: biggayicecreamtruck.com)

The 8 Best Ice Cream Shops In Manhattan

With the warmer temperatures hitting our area, indulging in a little taste of ice cream seems a little bit easier. Here’s where to find the best frozen treats in New York City.

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Early American History Myths You Probably Believe

These early American history legends may be conventional wisdom, and some are even taught in school, but they definitely are not facts.

President Barack Obama

The Top 10 Books Written by Our Presidents

Check out these most notable books by U.S. presidents, presented in the order each man held office.

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New York’s Best Family-Friendly Outdoor Restaurants

Before summer ends and temperatures cool down, why not get out of the hot kitchen and relax outside?

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Come back all weekend long for more hints, tips and holiday playlists.

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