Happy Fourth of July

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Let's celebrate. Photo: Courtesy of Zazzle

Grub Street is closing down to get an early start on the four-day weekend, but here are some things to keep in mind: Some 5.6 million New Yorkers may be skipping town, but there are lots of options and deals for those sticking around, including some at the city's heaviest hitters. For entertainment, the Rockaways are back, and the annual hot-dog-eating spectacle is poised to begin. If you're looking to grill some, here are some clutch tools of the trade, some handy ways of enlisting power tools during prep time, and some Modernist Cuisine tips from the archives especially for you city-dwellers. (BTW, it's neither here nor there, but hot-pink sparkler smoke does nothing for the flavor of beer-can chicken we've tried.) Finally, there are plenty of Cheap Eats to be had, and even more ways to find them. Hope your weekend is equal parts fun, safe, and delicious. We'll see you back here on Monday.