Okay, so you didn’t make it out of town for the holiday weekend this year — don’t sweat it! As every New Yorker knows, this city is at its best when there’s no one around and this time is no different. To be specific, half the city at the beach means more BBQ for you at one of several shindigs going down on the 3rd at some of our favorite Brooklyn venues. In South Brooklyn, hit up the backyard at Sycamore from noon- 6pm for a $5 plate of food and $5 draft beers from Brooklyn Brewery. For North Brooklynites, Lady Jay’s is hosting one of its monthly King’s County Cookouts, featuring live country, bluegrass, and rock music and top notch BBQ. There is no cover charge, and the festivities get underway at 4pm. Last but not least, the Bell House is throwing a bender called the America F*ck Yeah party, which promises burgers and hot dogs, a live performance by the Outerborough Brass Band, and a couple-friendly show by Brooklyn’s own Wasabassco Burlesque. For the land of the free and the home of the brave, indeed!