Fourth of July fireworks: Where to watch Macy’s annual show

Board a boat, hobnob on a swanky rooftop or sweat it out with the masses to witness the Fourth of July fireworks

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4th of July Fireworks: Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are back (Friday 4 from roughly 9:30 to 10pm). The Independence Day spectacle boasts more than 40,000 eye-popping explosives over the East River. Here is where you can view the summer staple.

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Free viewing spots

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Dumbo's gorgeous 85-acre urban playground features such unique attractions as Jane’s Carousel and riverside esplanades with gorgeous Manhattan views. In a nutshell: This is basically your golden spot for the fireworks.

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Dumbo

Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade

New Yorkers love to stroll, run or make out along this esplanade's ⅓-mile length, and its postcard-ready views of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty make it a perfect spot for your July 4th firework viewing.

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Brooklyn Heights

South Street Seaport

We love historic harbor South Street Seaport the most for its excellent outdoor concerts series in the summer, and it's also home to the Seaport Museum, the country's largest privately owned fleet of historic ships and a shopping mall. Oh, and did we mention the view of the fireworks?

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Financial District

Parties

Hudson Terrace

This high-class, cabana-clad rooftop bar will have an uninterrupted view of the display. Add that to hours’ worth of free-flowing drinks, barbecue and live tunes, and you’ll realize nights like these are why we kicked the British out in the first place. $459.

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Fri July 4, 6–10:30pm

Sky Room

Along with first-class scenery from 33 floors up, the $100 package gets you an open bar and BBQ buffet. During the big event, be sure to turn around and glimpse the Empire State Building, which is planning a special light show in conjunction with the Macy’s pageantry. $100$150.

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Cruises

The Jewel’s Fourth of July Cruise

If a ride down the Hudson and East River sounds like a good time, then one with a three-hour open bar plus unobstructed views of the display and the Statue of Liberty sounds amazing. Soak up the booze with apps and meat-and-potato entrées,
or get down to a DJ set with your fellow patriots. 212-724-3900, july4thcruises.com. 6–10pm; $125–$165.

ZEPHYR 4th of July Cruise

If you're feeling fancy and wanna party on the Hudson for this stars and stripes holiday, this patriotic cruise is everything you could hope for. You'll have the perfect view of those 4th of July fireworks and the downtown Manhattan skyline. With a buffet and bottomless dessert trays included in your ticket, soak up the booze at the bar on deck, or get down to a DJ set with some U.S. pride. Departs at 6:15pm on Pier 16 South Street Seaport

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