Big Apple BBQ Block Party Madison Square Park for the 11th edition of this smoked- and grilled-meat blowout. Top pit masters from restaurants all over the country—including Blue Smoke, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Texas’s famed Salt Lick and more—will dish out exceptional ’cue for $9 a plate. Live music from bluesy songstress Marcia Ball http://www.timeout.com/newyork/food-drink/big-apple-bbq-block-party
4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY | Grand Park DTLA | See the biggest rooftop fireworks display in downtown L.A. and watch performances on two stages from DJs and bands such as Semi Precious Weapons and Phantogram. Bring your blankets and picnic baskets, but leave your wallet at home—it’s free!