Since the Macy’s Fireworks Show shoots off its pyrotechnics from barges in the East River, you’ll get the best view from the water. This five-hour Circle Line cruise takes you down the Hudson toward the Statue of Liberty, where you’ll watch the fireworks light up the night sky. A live DJ adds to the festive atmosphere. Tickets include a buffet dinner and all-you-can-drink beer and wine, but if you shell out an extra $80 for the VIP tickets, you'll also get passed hors d'oeuvres and premium liquor. $179
Since you can’t light sparklers of your own in NYC, boarding a Fourth of July fireworks cruise is the best way to celebrate the nation’s birthday. No need to stake out a spot at a rooftop bar or scour NYC parks for a hill with a good view: You’ll have a prime viewpoint from the prow of a ship. And what better reason to bust out the red, white and blue attire than for a boat party? So blast a few patriotic songs, fill up on ribs from the best BBQ restaurants and let freedom ring this Fourth of July.
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