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Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

Hit up your friend with the best rooftop—it’s time for the 4th of July fireworks! NYC always celebrates with a bang.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Anthony Quintano

Let the American Eagles fly and the red, white and blue bikini tops shine! It’s time for 4th of July Fireworks, NYC's epic celebration of all things America 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. And don’t forget to look out for other smaller but still dazzling displays like the Coney Island July 4th Fireworks Spectacular from our favorite lookouts rooftop bars and parties.

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What time are the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks occur over the East River and the show begins at 9:25pm on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The show during the fourth 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 from barges located on the East River spread between 24th and 41st Sts. Jersey City will be displaying fireworks at Liberty State park where you'll get a waterfront view of the Statue of Liberty.

Watch 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 $20 cover 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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Firework Spectacular at Surf City

Even though Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are now over the East River, the folks in New Jersey have no need to fret—there’s plenty of patriotic, pyrotechnic fun to go around! From Jersey City’s megabar Surf City you’ll have a spectacular view of the state’s biggest display over the Hudson River at nearby Liberty State Park. There’s no cover, which means more money you can spend on frozen cocktails ($10-12) and tasty surf and turf food options.

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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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Fourth of July Fireworks at Brooklyn Grange

For an all-American country-meets–big-city feel, head to the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This barbecue with a view serves "Alternative Eats" (a.k.a. cusine from different cultures) to remind us what "Makes America Great Again!" The cookout is followed by a close-up view of the Macy’s fireworks display and a dance party where you can burn off all the calories from drinking beer and wine all night long.

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Brooklyn Grange at the Navy Yard , Brooklyn Tuesday July 4 2017

Fourth of July Beach Party

Live music, booze, food, 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 9:30pm. Best viewing location: The Steeplechase Plaza and the Coney Island Boardwalk.

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Coney Island Beach , Brooklyn Tuesday July 4 2017

July 4th Fireworks at the Brooklyn Barge

Booze, finger-lickin' lobster boil and fireworks on the water? Sign us up! Greenpoint's 10,000-square-foot boat bar is gearing up for the ultimate Independence Day rager, which offers a three-hour premium open bar and bites. In case you just want to sip a beer while taking in the stellar view of the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks display, pay $50 for standing room. (The price comes with two free drink tickets!)

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Brooklyn Barge Bar , Greenpoint Tuesday July 4 2017

4th of July at Northern Territory

Celebrate America's Birthday at one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn—Northern Territory! A $60 entry fee gets you access to one of the best views of the Macy's Fireworks and there will be drink specials on frozen cocktails and Jello shots. Tickets go on sale starting at 4pm on Tuesday, July 4, but make sure to get there in advance to secure your spot.

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Northern Territory , Greenpoint Tuesday July 4 2017

4th of July Fireworks Cruise on the Hornblower Hybrid

All aboard the Hornblower Hybrid for this Fourth of July cruise! On this beautiful, eco-friendly yacht you’ll enjoy a buffet of American picnic foods like corn on the cob, codfish cakes, BBQ chicken breasts and pulled pork sliders. The vessel will sail to a premier spot on the East River where the main event will blast into the sky above the passengers’ heads, completely unobstructed by the crowds and the tall buildings of the shore. You’ll feel so excited by the display of fireworks over the Statue of Liberty—and the effects of the open bar—that you won’t hesitate for a moment to dance to the live DJ afterward. Boards at Pier 15.

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Pier 15 Tuesday July 4 2017

Jersey City Freedom and Fireworks Festival

For a full day of truly American festivities, head to New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. Only a short ferry ride from the city, this large park sits in the shadow of Lady Liberty herself with great views of Ellis Island, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Starting at 1pm, the full day of programming includes carnival rides, food trucks, a South House beer garden and live music. A lengthy fireworks show above the Statue of Liberty ends the day as a perfect salute to the nation.

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Liberty State Park Tuesday July 4 2017

East River State Park

Williamsburg’s waterfront park is a bit shabby compared to some of the other more enchanting parks in Brooklyn. However, the breathtaking views of Manhattan’s skyline and the neighborhood engulfed with hip rooftop bars, trendy parties and some of the best eats in New York make it a prime destination for watching the fireworks. Just bring a set of lawn chairs to East River State Park, chug a few cans of PBR, sit back and enjoy the show.

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