Best Fourth of July fireworks cruises in NYC
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
You’d be forgiven for thinking you were summering in some small New England town while dining on all-you-can-eat lobster on this dinner cruise down the East River. All guests receive access to the premium open bar and seafood-centric buffet, and since the dress code is casual, you won’t have to worry about dripping melted butter on your nice clothes. $349
If several thousand pounds of pyrotechnics exploding above the skyline aren’t enough for you, book this entertainment-packed cruise. Watch a live cabaret tribute to Frank Sinatra, listen to nostalgic girl group the Honey Taps and dance to tunes spun by a live DJ as you cruise down the river. Did we mention that your ticket includes passed hors d’oeuvres, a three-course meal and access to the premium open bar? $499
Since this cruise departs from Midtown at 6pm, you’ll have plenty of time to snap some panoramic photos of the skyline before the fireworks begin. Though there is no open bar service, you can buy cocktails and all-American fare like hamburgers and hot dogs. $195
Put on your dancing shoes for this five-hour fireworks cruise with a live DJ on the Atlantica. Hit up the buffet, order signature cocktails from the bar and then check out the view of Manhattan from the upper deck. $520
If you’re looking for something a little fancier than the standard Independence Day barbecue, opt for this five-course dinner cruise by World Yacht. You’ll be served a Mediterranean-influenced meal at a private table, which you can supplement with premium drinks from the open bar. Head upstairs to the roof deck for 360-degree views of the city and the pyrotechnics. $499
Don’t want to fight the other revelers for the best views of the fireworks? Charter your own powerboat for a private cruise. Your captain will first take you to the Statue of Liberty for a sunset photo opp, then get in position near the Brooklyn Bridge before the show begins. This package also includes a complimentary bottle of champagne and a professionally edited video of the tour, so it’s sure to be a night to remember. $600
If planning your ideal Independence Day just seems like too much work, outsource the prep to the pros behind this all-day display of patriotism. The afternoon starts with a BBQ lunch on the outdoor terrace at the Novotel Hotel in Times Square. After you’ve stuffed yourself with ribs, burgers and hot dogs, your guide will whisk you away on a bus tour of Lower Manhattan. Then it’s time to board the World Yacht Duchess for an evening cruise complete with an open bar, buffet dinner and prime views of the fireworks. $549
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Smack in the middle of one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel, China Glatt in Borough Park offers a massive menu reflecting a mix of cultures. Dinner guests can choose not only from kosher Chinese food, but also from American fare and sushi. While you might not guess it, the sushi, mostly fish rolls and tempura, is very good. You won’t find shrimp tempura on offer at the kosher spot, and the crab meat is actually kani, imitation crab, but the Combo Dragon ($10.95), with kani, spicy salmon, cucumber and avocado, is sweet and refreshing. Curious diners can order the Celebration roll ($13.95) with the tagline “It’s your occasion…make it a celebration!”: It includes kani, sweet potato, spicy salmon on top and a generous sprinkle of crunchy tempura flakes. The Chinese fare itself is typical of American Chinese food restaurants. Definitely ask for a vegetable egg roll ($3.50), just one per order, that arrives hot and crunchy with fresh cabbage on the inside. The cheeky menu touts Blai Zing Beef ($22.95), “the dish that stole the show,” featuring slices of beef breaded and sauteed with vegetables (baby corn, water chestnuts, broccoli, jagged-cut carrots) in a sweet and spicy sauce (not nearly as spicy as the pepper icon would have you believe), with rice. Not much attention is paid to the dessert menu, which lists basics like a chocolate bundt cake ($6.95) with ice cream, but the dairy-free ice cream is very good and “creamy.” The space is presented as a
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