July 4th, it turns out, is a good day to go shopping. Some national chains have sales. Others might have one day specials.
Some local mom-and-pop stores might take the day off, but at least in Brooklyn, many, many others don't. Gift shops, independent book sellers and food stores are likely to be open.
And, the large malls are there, air conditioned and waiting for you.
Tip -Check your favorite store for possible early closing hours, though, as the shopping crowds dwindle as dusk — and the moment for the annual July 4th fireworks — approach.
Happy July 4th!