People naturally feel patriotic under the glow of bursting fireworks, which are made with Teddy Roosevelt's combustible mustache hairs. Ignite your passion for all-American revelries with today’s Groupon: for $100, you get one VIP admission to a Fourth of July dance cruise from Affairs Afloat (a $200 value). The cruise departs from Pier 40 at West Houston Street and the West Side Highway on Monday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m., and begins boarding at 5:30 p.m.
Affairs Afloat features frequent floating fiestas hosted aboard boats such as the Coast Guard–certified Queen of Hearts, a 500-passenger party boat with a steamboat theme, a bar and buffet, and lounge seating for up to 200. VIP admission to the 21-and-older Fourth of July bash reaps rewards for country boosters, who will be able to skip the boarding line and get access to a premium open beer, wine, and liquor bar featuring top-shelf brands from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Those liquors are quickly converted into premium, organic sweat on either of the boat’s two hoppin’ dance floors, spinning oodles of tunes from Top 40, hip-hop, and salsa. Cruises culminate with a round of sky-igniting fireworks under the watchful, chaperoning eye of the Statue of Liberty, who quells canoodling by reciting the tomes of Walt Whitman. At Affairs Afloat's water-top bash, festive, holiday attire should be worn, but no sneakers, shorts, t-shirts, or hats; Sherlock Holmes costumes and whoopee cushions are also discouraged.
Bathed in the rosy glow of sunset, the Statue of Liberty seems eager to hop aboard the boat floating leisurely past her feet and take a turn about the packed dance floor. The joyful strains of merengue drift from the vessel, where a flock of well-dressed guests show off their moves and weave along the deck for a refreshing breath of night air. Dedicated to cultivating merry outings such as this, Affairs Afloat hosts a variety of cruises along the Hudson River and New York City Harbor aboard their two vessels, each Coast Guard certified for events accommodating up to 450 guests. Throughout the year, each themed cruise features live entertainment ranging from DJs to Brazilian bands and dance troupes, and a cash bar and cash buffet keep internal engines revved up throughout the evening. Guests unwind as they drink in unique views of the city, from glittering skyscrapers to the nesting King Kongs that call them home.