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Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

Get to the best rooftops, lookouts and parties to celebrate Independence Day and watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

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4th of July Fireworks: Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

Let the American Eagles fly and the red, white and blue bikini tops shine! It’s time for 4th of July Fireworks, NYC's epic celebration of all things America and one of the events you can’t miss this summer, plus a whole lot of beer and BBQ. Check out the pyrotechnic spectacular as it bursts over the city's skyline and the Statue of Liberty, and look out for other smaller, but still dazzling displays, like the Coney Island July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, from our favorite lookouts, best rooftop bars and parties.

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What time are the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks over the East River begin at about 9:20. The Jersey City and Statue of Liberty fireworks start at 9:30. All three fireworks displays last about 30 minutes.

Where are the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are set off from barges near Pier 17 and more barges on the East River spread between 23rd St and 37th St. Jersey City will be displaying fireworks both in front of the Statue of Liberty and in front of the Colgate Clock and Goldman Sachs building.

Viewing spots for the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

Berry Park

If you want great atmosphere more than a perfect view, Berry Park is the place. It serves alcoholic slushies and barbecue on the rooftop and had a cover-free party last year, but you probably won’t be able to see much of the actual fireworks show, unless you’re one of the lucky ones seated on the only side with a river view.

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Greenpoint

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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Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Williamsport Crosscutters

Babe Ruth was stuffing his gullet full of hot dogs before games when Joey Chestnut was but a twinkle in his granddad’s eye. So celebrate the century-old association between franks and baseball by sticking around Coney Island after the Nathan’s Famous contest and watching the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Philadelphia Phillies’ A-ball affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters, at MCU Park. (It’s hella cheaper than catching the Yanks—and a blast.) Be sure to stick around for the fireworks display after the ninth.

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MCU Park 04 Jul 2015

Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade

For a free, but very busy, lookout, post up on the Brooklyn Promenade. With sweeping views from the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll be able to see it all, but it may feel a lot like your morning L train commute. At least the fireworks happen above your head, so it doesn’t matter as much if you get that coveted spot by the railing. 

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Brooklyn Heights

Firework Spectacular at Surf City

Even though Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are now over the East River, the folks in New Jersey have no need to fret—there’s plenty of patriotic, pyrotechnic fun to go around! From Jersey City’s megabar Surf City you’ll have a spectacular view of the state’s biggest display over the Hudson River at nearby Liberty State Park. There’s no cover, which means more money you can spend on frozen cocktails ($10-12) and tasty surf and turf food options.

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Surf City 04 Jul 2015

Fornino

Sure, we love our hot dogs and hamburgers on the Fourth of July. But pizza is forever. Grab a slice on Fornino’s rooftop at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and get a great view of the nearby pyrotechnics show. It threw a ticketed viewing party last year, so keep an eye out for details.

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Fourth of July Fireworks at Brooklyn Grange

For an all-American country-meets–big-city feel, head to the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This barbecue with a view serves Southern-style comfort like “not-so-hot” fried chicken, smoked pulled pork, collard greens, and baked five-cheese mac and cheese from Bed-Stuy’s Peaches HotHouse. The cookout is followed by a close-up view of the Macy’s fireworks display and a dance party where you can burn off all those finger-lickin’ good calories.

Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm/©Shantanu Starick

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Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm 04 Jul 2015

4th of July fireworks cruise on the Hornblower Hybrid

All aboard the Hornblower Hybrid for this 4th of July cruise! On this beautiful, eco-friendly yacht you’ll enjoy a buffet of American picnic foods like corn on the cob, cod fish cakes, BBQ chicken breasts and pulled pork sliders. The vessel will sail to a premier spot on the East River where the main event will blast into the sky above the passengers’ heads, completely unobstructed by the crowds and the tall buildings of the shore. You’ll feel so excited by the display—and the effects of the open bar—that you won’t hesitate for a moment to dance to the live DJ afterward. Boards at Pier 15.

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Pier 15 04 Jul 2015

Grand Ferry Park

Skip the crowds and find a quieter slice of the city at Grand Ferry Park. With its Williamsburg location, it’s far from the action and the clearest views, but we know how important personal space is to New Yorkers.

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Clinton Hill Free

South Street Seaport

We love historic harbor South Street Seaport the most for its excellent outdoor concert 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

Staten Island Yankees vs. Hudson Valley Renegades

Enjoy all the fun of pro baseball—stolen bases, home runs, concession stands, athletic guys in tight pants—for a fraction of the cost when you watch these two minor-league teams play. Most of these players are young and sure to make rookie mistakes, but when they drop the ball (literally) it’s all the more exciting. Whether the home team or the boys from upstate make more runs, everyone wins with the stadium’s fireworks display after the game.

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Richmond County Bank Ballpark 04 Jul 2015

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