Free viewing spots
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?Read more
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.
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 SeaportRead more