As the annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show draws near, the scramble to snag a prime viewing spot is sure to ensue. We found the swankiest venues in town to commemorate summer’s most beloved holiday.
Located in the historic South Street Seaport district, this waterside newcomer is celebrating the holiday with a premium open bar and impressive buffet along with unobstructed views of the East River fireworks show. Guests can sit in the dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows or on the outdoor terrace for a truly stunning and memorable night. To reserve seats, purchase tickets on ticketfly.com. 70 South St., 212-487-9600
Get a decadent dinner and a show at chef Tom Colicchio’s waterfront East Side restaurant. With front-row seats to the fireworks, a classic barbecue feast, and an open bar, guests can enjoy craft cocktails, mouthwatering bites, and activities like ping pong. Starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person; purchase them on riverpark4thofjuly.brownpapertickets.com. 450 E. 29th St., 212-729-9790
Located directly across the river from Midtown, this stylish rooftop boîte in Long Island City will no doubt be a prime spot for catching the sparkling show. Kick back in plush cabanas while taking in glorious views of the Manhattan skyline, all while enjoying Asian-inspired bites from chef Seth Levine and signature cocktails. Be sure to order the Sun Blush, a refreshing and fruity mix of vodka citron, watermelon, mango, lime, and agave. 8-08 Queens Plaza S., Long Island City, 718-289-6118
As if the breathtaking views from this stunning casual downtown hotspot weren’t enough, Watermark Bar’s Freedom Fest will offer a decadent buffet loaded with themed fare including juicy burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, and chicken wings along with summer-appropriate libations. Purchase tickets on julyfourth.com. Pier 15, 78 South St., 212-742-8200
Situated in the heart of Battery Park City, the waterfront patio at Danny Meyer’s downtown eatery is the place to be to ring in the holiday. Along with the restaurant’s regular French-influenced menu, the resto will feature a shellfish bake especially for Independence Day—expect a seafood medley including lobster, prawns, mussels, and clams. Don't forget to leave room for dessert, as the frozen strawberry shortcake and mojito sundaes come highly suggested. 104 North End Ave., 646-747-1600
Head over to this laid-back yet gorgeous rooftop to savor the fare from chef April Bloomfield’s new menu featuring tacos, tamales, and snacks. For this year's Fourth of July, the eatery will offer a special house-made beef and pork hot dog on a potato roll, which we suggest you devour with a Boozy Pineapple Spiked Ice in hand. The exceptional views of the river don’t hurt, either. Reserve seating by contacting email@example.com. 145 E. 39th St., 212-865-5800
With fireworks being displayed from a barge just below the Brooklyn Bridge, this outdoor promenade will offer some of the best vistas in town, with not just one, but two viewing locations. Those looking to fuel up before the fireworks can indulge in popular favorites from Seaport Smorgasburg vendors including Pizza Moto, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Ramen Burger, and more. Fulton St. at Water St.; Peck Slip at Front St., 212-732-8257