Oh say you can see, our guide to having the best 4th July in Dubai


The United States of America celebrates its Independence Day on the 4th July and it’s a day when the red, white and blue is gleefully dialled up to 11.

Words by Aroma Kumar

A day when Americana is strapped to a rocket and sent up into the air to burst and shower down the glittering examples of all that we love about our favourite 50-stated nation. If you’re in Dubai and want to get involved; if your spirit animal is the bald eagle and the Harley Davidson is part of your constitution, this is a round up of some of the best ways to swear affection to the flag.


Sprinkle spangled banner


Dive into American Independence Day celebrations with the Black Tap’s limited edition CrazyShake – a colourful stars and stripes themed milkshake that is capable of bringing both real and honorary Americans to the yard. Decorated with a frosted vanilla rim, sprinkles and topped with a ginormous slice of cake. Pair this bad boy with one of Black Tap’s award-winning burgers for true USA over-indulgence.

AED 69. Until 8th July. Jumeirah Al Naseem & JBR branches. 04 422 9904.


Red, white and brew

The Hide, Jumeirah

America is a country that LOVES its food. What better way to celebrate its independence with self-imposed out-sized portions at a decadent open buffet? Dig in at The Hide, Jumeirah, where you can select from bubbles and house beverages packages, to make this a 4th July to remember.

7pm-11.30pm. 4thJuly. Jumeirah Al Qasr. 04 424 3232. With bubbles, AED 645; house beverages AED 445; soft beverages AED 299. 


Western side story

AAADT 4th July

Celebrate this 242nd year of American Independence and book your tickets for eight must-watch performances from the New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Honouring the big day with a fusion of modern dance and jazz music, coupled with the magnum opus Revelations, makes this a must-see one-of-a-kind experience.

Update – this show is now cancelled. All ticket holders will be reimbursed. Contact Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai on 04 440 8888. AED 850 (VIP), AED 650 (Platinum), AED 450 (Gold), AED 250 (Silver). Shows 4th October at 8pm, 5th-6th October, 3pm & 8pm.  


Steak capital 

West 14th

Indulge this US Independence Day with specially curated menus and assorted mixes of grapes and signature beverages at award-winning New York-inspired steakhouse West 14th. If not now then when better to chow down on a patriotic slab of marbled-to-perfection USDA Prime Grilled Sirloin?

6pm-10.30pm, 4th July. DUKES Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah. AED 199 per person for food; AED 299 with unlimited grape. AED 35 on select house beverages.  04 455 1101.



Risk it for a brisket 

Perry & Blackwelder

What can go wrong when you have unlimited chicken wings and specially-crafted adult beverages all under one roof? Perry and Blackwelder offer a true taste of ‘Merica, with 19 flavours of wings to choose from and a limited edition all-American Independence Day feast. If you love P&B, don’t forget to collect stamps for every AED 200 – five of which can redeem a ‘milestone’ voucher at the Deep South smokehouse.

4th-6thJuly. Madinat Jumeirah. 04 432 3232. Happy hour drinks from AED 30 (5pm-8pm); blended beverages AED 49; AED 99 unlimited chicken wings; 4thJuly feast for two AED 269; solo feast AED 149. 




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