For longtime residents of the great town of Summit, the 4th of July celebration has long been one of the best kept secrets in the area. When many in the North Jersey set are making their way to the Jersey shore, those that stay in the area have long known of the wonderful celebrations that take place in historic towns like Summit.

With this year’s celebration fast approaching, it’s time to start making plans to get over to the grand celebration at Summit’s Soldiers Memorial Field. There is no better way to kick off or end the celebration than to do so at The Grand Summit Hotel’s HAT Tavern just two blocks from the site. With plenty of parking on site for guests of the hotel or tavern, bring the family for the area’s best burgers and comfort food.

If you want to make a full night of it, the classic hotel has room rates beginning at $129 for the night of July 4 inclusive of a Full American Breakfast Buffet the following morning. Workout at Equinox, the area’s hottest sports club and finish your day poolside at the hotel’s cozy pool for a true staycation over the 4th or on the weekends around it.

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Summer brings the sizzlin' sweet smell of burgers and hot dogs that reminds you that the warm weather is upon us and the season is in full swing. The HAT boasts a signature LaFrieda blend burger which mixes brisket and short rib, sourced from Creekstone Farms in Kentucky, naturally raised and hormone free, graded USDA Prime Choice. It is easily among the best burgers in the area and has been recognized as such in numerous polls.

Specials at the HAT will include a selection of BBQ Tapas items that will be sure to please. A spin on the tavern’s signature burger is always in play with the burger of the month, sure to keep the HAT burger lovers feeling the freshness over return visits. The July item is the Bison Burger with Cabernet Onions, Wisconsin White Cheddar & Dijon Mustard. A must have at $15.

Not to leave the burger’s close cousin ignored, Executive Chef Charles Burke is rolling out LaFrieda Hot Dog specials including Ultimate Flat Top Griddle Hot Dogs and the Ultimate Boardwalk Hot Dogs bringing the Jersey Shore to the streets of Summit.  

And don’t forget the bar. Head Bartender Scott Robertson is always crafting and perfecting the latest trend to go with the impressive run of craft beers on tap. The selection changes constantly with Maine’s Lunch Beer and Brotherton IPA two of the current most popular choices. On the mixed side, the latest additions include Lone Star Buck made with Tito’s Vodka, Simple Syrup. Fresh Strawberries, and Ginger Beer. Or try your hand with Mad Hatter made with Grey Goose Pear Vodka, Pama Liquer, Simple Syrup, Lemon, Cucumber, and Orange.

“We had a tremendous month of June in the HAT,” says long time HAT General Manager Walter Curtis. “It is a testament to what we do, and the appreciation that our very loyal customer base has for our product. In a town now flush with over 40 restaurants and bars, we consider it an honor to have such loyal patrons.”