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Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

Call your friend with the best rooftop: It’s time for the 4th of July fireworks, NYC's biggest firework display of 2019

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Let the American Eagles fly and the red, white and blue bikini tops shine! It’s time for the 4th of July Fireworks—NYC's epic Independence Day celebration and one of the most exciting things to do in summer. Check out Macy's pyrotechnic spectacular as it bursts over the East River and some of the best New York attractions. You can also look out for other smaller but still dazzling displays in New Jersey and Coney Island. It’s gonna be a blast!

What time are the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks return to the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The show during the annual Freedom and Fireworks Festival at Jersey City starts after dark. These displays should last about 25 to 30 minutes.

Where are the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?
The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are set off along the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges along Pier 17 in the Seaport District. Jersey City will be displaying fireworks at Exchange Place where you’ll get a waterfront view of New York.

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Fourth of July fireworks cruises

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. Read on for the best 4th of July firework cruises this year. 

Coney Island
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Fourth of July Coney Island

Music, booze, hot dogs, fireworks and a beach view—you can’t ask for much more than that on Independence Day. Last year's party began at 9am and went until midnight, so assume you're in for a full day of partying, unless you need to leave for a quick drunken ride on the Cyclone (you will definitely be tempted). The blowout ends with an incredible firework display at 9pm. Best viewing location: The Steeplechase Plaza and the Coney Island Boardwalk. Sure, it's not as big and flashy as the Macy's 4th of July fireworks, but it's still a pretty great way to end America's birthday. 

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