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 Macy’s 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 from our favorite lookouts, best rooftop bars and parties.

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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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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 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


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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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