Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in New York
The world’s largest city is ready for the country’s biggest 4th of July celebration.
The annual Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular will light up New York’s skies with an exuberant display of color, shape and sound. Starting at 9:25 p.m. Monday, the multi-sensory party will erupt from five barges on the East River — between E. 23rd and E. 42nd Sts. — to launch nearly 2,000 shells and effects per minute.
The rest of the country can watch — with envy — on NBC and Peacock starting at 8 p.m. But those lucky enough to be in the city can get a front-row seat to these prime spots.
Three elevated public viewing areas in Manhattan along FDR Drive will be set up and operated by the NYPD: E. 42nd St., E. 34th St., and E. 23rd St. Viewers must enter through security checkpoints security on First Ave. You are strongly advised to check the NYPD’s social media platforms for the latest updates, as all three areas have limited capacity and access points and locations are subject to change. The E. 34th St. spot will accommodate those with special needs/access requirements. Free.
Summit at One Vanderbilt
The newly opened Summit One Vanderbilt, a 65,000 square foot tri-level entertainment space will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the fireworks at eye level. Ticket holders will have access to an open bar between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and panoramic views with simulcast audio. $300. 45 E. 42nd Street
Sentry Rooftop Iron
Located on the 18th-floor penthouse of Hotel Henri, an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of the Flatiron district, Sentry Penthouse & Lounge offers stunning city views, where guests can watch the fireworks while enjoying a creative menu of light bites and craft cocktails. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $15. 37 W. 24th St.
Watch the fireworks and dance day and night to a live set from superstar DJ Walshy Fire, the Grammy-nominated musician and producer best known as part of the band Major Lazer. Somewhere Nowhere is a two-level indoor lounge and outdoor rooftop pool at the top of the Renaissance NY Chelsea Hotel. Reservations start at $50. 112 West 25th Street
Edge at Hudson Yards
The tallest outdoor terrace in the Western Hemisphere invites guests to party 100 stories above the ground. This height allows people to watch fireworks in surrounding areas including Coney Island and Jersey City. $250. 30 yards from Hudson
Fireworks in the front row at the E. 34th St. Heliport.
Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the sky, capping off an evening of fun and games for the whole family. Starting at 6 p.m., this all-ages event will feature face painting and balloon artists for the kids, plus life-size versions of Jenga, ping pong and chess for the kids at heart.Tickets start at $55. 499 E. 34th St.
Newtown Houseboat Park
One of Brooklyn’s three official viewing areas, Newtown Barge Park sits at the intersection of the triangular tip of Commercial and Dupont streets. at Green Point. The area has recently been redeveloped and now has a small sports ground, an open lawn and a promenade along the shore. Spectators must enter through a security checkpoint located at 3 Commercial St. Free.
WNYC Transmitter Fleet
Once home to the WNYC radio transmission towers, WNYC Transmitter Park opened to the public as a waterfront destination in 2012. The 6.6-acre green space includes a children’s play area, power shower, breathtaking views of Manhattan and a pier for fishing. Spectators should plan to arrive early due to limited park capacity. Access the entry point on Greenpoint Ave. Free.
Marsha P. Johnson State Park
Williamsburg’s seven-acre waterfront park offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, a large playground, cobblestone streets, old railroad tracks, and ample space for picnicking and barbecues. There is a security checkpoint at Kent Ave. and North 8th St. Free.
Westlight Roof at the William Vale Hotel
The celebration at the trendy Westlight rooftop bar in Williamsburg will occupy the top two floors of the William Vale Hotel. The party is a collaboration between the chic hotel and Gospël, a social club in SoHo. Tickets start at $180. Tables from $1,300 to $2,950. 111 N. 12th St.
Gantry Plaza State Park
Gantry Plaza is a 12-acre state park in Hunters Point and Queens’ only official viewing area. The park offers sweeping views of Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, United Nations Headquarters, and the Queensboro BridgeEnter at Vernon Blvd at 48th Ave, 47th Road, 47th Ave, 46th Road, and 46th Ave. Free.
Vista Sky Lounge
The Vista Sky Lounge, a candlelit rooftop terrace in the heart of Long Island City, hosts an evening fireworks show with an American summer vacation menu. Doors open at 6 p.m. $135 adults, $65 children. 27-05 39th. Avenue, Long Island City.
Classic port line
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Classic Harbor Line offers six cruises, with hors d’oeuvres and an open bar plus up-close views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Cruises will depart before sunset. Prices start at $428. Most depart from Chelsea Piers, at Pier 62, 23rd. Freeway St and West Side. One of them, the Yacht Full Moon, will depart from North Cove Marina at 250 Vesey St.
The boat tour company offers a 4.5-hour cruise with a photo op at the Statue of Liberty. The cruise will sail on the Hudson River around the tip of Manhattan. Tickets include a buffet as well as unlimited wine, beer, and soda. $249 adults, $199 children. Boarding at 6:15 PM from Pier 83 at W. 42nd St. and West Side Highway
If you’re from New Jersey, board a SeaStreak ferry to watch the fireworks from its open-air upper deck. . The ferry will depart Highlands, NJ shortly before sunset and then cruise the East River. $99. 326 Shore Drive – Highlands, NJ
The NYPD recommends drivers use public transportation beginning at 2 p.m. Monday. Visit the department website for a traffic advisory and a list of street closures, and check its Twitter account for the latest updates.
The following items are not permitted at official city vantage points: large backpacks, large coolers, lawn chairs, lawn blankets, umbrellas, and alcoholic beverages.