Red cups, freak shakes and hot dogs aplenty…

As one of the USA’s biggest celebrations of the year, America’s Independence Day is the perfect excuse for a patriotic party, whether you’re American or not…

And we can’t forget, of course, our friends over in Canada as they celebrate their great nation on July 1.

Here’s 11 places to celebrate American Independence Day and Canada Day in Dubai.


FireLake, the Minnesota-born grill house and cocktail bar, is hosting an Independence Day themed brunch this Friday, July 5. From 12.30pm to 4pm, guests can enjoy unlimited barbecued bites including smoked and charred meats, marinated seafood, coal roasted vegetables and a selection of American-inspired side dishes.

FireLake, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, Friday July 5, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs450 sparkling. Tel: 04 249 7800.


For a sophisticated Independence Day party, head to either STK JBR or STK Downtown for a special edition of their Thursday night RARE brunch. Step into a paradise of red, white and blue as the venue undergoes an American makeover. Sip on three hours worth of unlimited beverages and tuck into a three course dinner of ceviche, steak and New York cheesecake from 8pm to 11pm.

STK JBR & STK Downtown, Thursday July 4, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs349. Tel: (04) 323 0061.

Perry & Blackwelder

Perry & Blackwelder has a host of enticing promotions to get you in the celebratory spirit. Head to the original smokehouse on July 4 and you can get P&B’s BBQ platter including ribs, hot dogs, sliders, nachos, chicken wings, grilled corn, coleslaw and fries for Dhs150. There’s also an offer on selected drinks from 3pm to 5pm where you can whet your whistle for only Dhs30 and Chronicles of Khan will also provide live music from 7pm to 11pm.

Perry & Blackwelder, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, July 4, 11am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232.

The Blacksmith Smokehouse

If you’re waiting until after work to celebrate Independence Day, The Blacksmith has the evening brunch for you. The four-hour package is inspired by all things USA including Uncle Sam style decor and fun props (hello piñata!) Tuck into tasty southern bites such as beef  burgers, chicken wings, rubbed meats, sweet potato mash, hush puppies and mac and cheese.

The Blacksmith Smokehouse, Wyndham Dubai Marina, Thursday July 4, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs219 soft, Dhs349 house, Dhs579 sparkling. Tel: (04) 407 8873.

Black Tap

In true Black Tap fashion, its going all out for Independence Day with a limited edition freak-shake. The red, white and blue drink is a combination of vanilla ice cream and vanilla frosting topped with a colourful mega-slice of tasty sponge cake. On July 4, American nationals can also enjoy a complimentary American beer upon showing a valid id.

Black Tap, Rixos Premium JBR, InterContinental Dubai Festival City and Jumeirah al Naseem, July 3 to 5, Dhs69.

Clinton St. Baking Company

Clinton St has teamed up with Deliveroo to offer customers the chance to order a limited edition American pie. The pie not only looks American, it tastes it too, with flavours of blueberry and cherry being used to create the perfect dessert. It can be ordered exclusively on Deliveroo from July 3 to 6 for Dhs95.

Stars N Bars

Stars N Bars are hoping to get everyone in the party spirit with their July 4 weekend promotion. From July 4 to 6, the all American bar in La Mer is offering drinks for the bargain price of Dhs4 between 4pm and 5pm (maximum of seven drinks per person).

Stars N Bars, La Mer, Jumeirah 1, 4pm to 5pm, July 4 to 6, Dhs4. Tel: (04) 349 9903.

Rodeo Drive

What’s a July 4 celebration without a ride on a mechanical bull? A Red, White and Brew party will be taking over Rodeo Drive on Thursday July 4. Head down from 7pm for a live performance from the house band Tron, as well as giveaways, games and entertainment. The American venue also promises exciting drinks promotions on the night.

Rodeo Drive, The Stables, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Thursday July 4, 7pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3425571.

London Dairy Café

Get your hands on a warm cup o’ joe this Independence Day as London Dairy Café are giving away complimentary Americanos all day long. Simply visit either their Springs Souk Mall, Golden Mile or Mira Town Centre branch on July 4 to get yours.

London Dairy Café, Springs Souk Mall, Golden Mile and Mira Town Centre, Thursday July 4, free.

And for Canada Day…


In celebration of Canada Day, Eggspectation is giving away maple waffles to all tables who dine on July 1. The Canadian eatery will be offering waffles topped with fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream and drizzled with home-made salted maple caramel sauce.

Eggspectation, The Walk JBR & City Walk, 7am to midnight, Monday July 1, free to diners. Tel: (04) 430 7252.


Canada Day is typically celebrated on July 1 but Weslodge is honouring it all week with five days of fun activities. There’s a variety of special Canadian dishes on offer for the occasion, finishing with a special ‘blowout brunch’ on Friday July 5.

Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, July 1 to 5. Tel: (04) 560 1700.

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