Celebrate Independence Day by watching the city’s skyline shine during the 41st annual Macy’s fireworks display over the East River. Instead of fighting for a place to stand on the FDR this year, reserve a spot at one of these top destinations for a guaranteed front row seat to the most patriotic show in New York.
With the show’s barges floating between 40th and 23rd streets, there’s no better way to experience the fireworks up-close than on water. From a 1920s-style luxury yacht to an all-American schooner, Classic Harbor Line Cruises provides riders with endless options to sail the New York Harbor in style. You’ll not only be able to see the fireworks front and center, but the Statue of Liberty will be plain sight as well. 62 Chelsea Piers, 212-627-1825
Williamsburg’s newest hotel opened earlier this year, and even at eight-stories-high, guests can expect an exclusive view of firecrackers in the sky this Independence Day. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows in the terrace rooms, you can watch the entire show in a private, cozy setting. Rates start at $250. 94 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 718-362-8100
While it’s no surprise that the tallest skyscraper in Manhattan provides soaring sights, the One World Observatory wants you to feel on top of the world with family and friends this Independence Day with their special celebration. From 8-10 PM, party with a two-hour long open bar and July 4th picnic fare, ranging from classic hot dogs to soft pretzels with grain mustard, before taking in the fireworks display. Tickets start at $250. 285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776
The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is thrilled to host Fourth of July with a one-of-kind rooftop party for holiday guests. Head up to The 1 Rooftop to celebrate America’s birthday with music, food, and drinks on a gorgeous, summer evening. To experience the best East River views, reserve a table with a celebratory package complete with champagne, vodka, and various food options. General admission tickets start at $150, and table packages for four or more guests begin at $1000. 60 Furman St., Brooklyn, 347-696-2500
This dazzling garden plaza returns with their annual 4th of July bash. With a prime location near the river, attendees do not need to look over shoulders all night long. Instead, feast on barbecue-style bites while watching the incredible lights in the air. Ticket prices are $275 for general admission, and $50 for children 8 years old and younger. 450 E. 29th St., 212-729-9790
Spend your holiday in Queens on the top floor of The Ravel Hotel. At Penthouse808, experience the night through the VIP Observation Deck, which includes a two-hour open bar, gourmet barbecue fare by executive chef Seth Levine, and a clear view of the barges that release all the brilliant, bright fireworks. Tickets start at $50. 8-08 Queens Plaza S., Queens, 718-289-6118
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