See the July 4th fireworks with the Statue of Liberty

Why watch from the city when you could watch from the river?

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Here at Time Out New York, we love July 4th. We love fireworks. We love eating and drinking on boats. Basically, what we're saying is, we really like the idea of watching the July 4th fireworks while partying on a beautiful boat that's cruising around NYC. That's especially true with the fireworks taking place on the East River this year, and while their return means there are more vantage points than ever to watch them from, it's hard to find a better sky-gazing companion than good old Lady Liberty herself.

If you want to get up close and personal with the nation's most famous torchbearer, you should consider Hornblower's Fourth of July Infinity cruise. Leaving from Pier 40 (located at 353 West Street) at 6pm, the cruise takes you around the most scenic parts of the harbor for the best view of the aerial explosions, while plying you with food and drink (as well as party music, courtesy of the onboard DJ). All in all, it sounds like the perfect way to spend the evening of July 4th—even if it rains.