The 4th of July holiday and fireworks go hand-in-hand, and if you’re lucky enough to be in New York this summer, you have some excellent viewing locations to choose from. Thanks to the city’s stunning location along the water, piers and harbors in the area offer ideal spots to celebrate America’s birthday. To really kick off the holiday in style, you can even watch the fireworks from a private boat party NYC!
These are some of the best places to view fireworks in NYC and make the most of the city’s beautiful waterfront setting.
South Street Seaport Area
The South Street Seaport area offers some of the clearest views of the fireworks in all of Manhattan, with viewing spots on FDR Drive between South and Montgomery Streets. This is a fun place to be on the 4th because Freedom Fest is taking place at Pier 15 from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. Festival attendees will enjoy four hours of premium open bar, and summer BBQ buffet, dancing, and a great view of the fireworks show.
John V. Lindsay East River Park
Another nice spot to watch Macy’s annual pyrotechnics display is John V. Lindsay East River Park because it’s right along the river. You can typically find public viewing locations here for free at Houston Street and FDR Drive. Just be aware that as certain locations become overcrowded, they may be closed off, and spectators will be redirected to other open spaces along FDR.
According to Macy’s, the best viewing locations from Houston to Midtown are the elevated portions of the FDR at Houston Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, and 42nd Street. If you’re in Lower Manhattan, recommended entry points are the ground level of Broad Street, the upper level of Old Slip, and at Pearl and Frankfort.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Piers 1-6
Another very popular place to be on the 4th is between Piers 1 and 6. Brooklyn Bridge Park offers lovely views of the fireworks and is always buzzing with activity. Make sure to take public transportation to get here, and keep in mind that many of the local attractions close before the start of the fireworks show. A popular rooftop restaurant and bar here is Fornino, which offers wood-fired pizza and great views of the fireworks. It’s at Pier 6, and tickets should be purchased in well in advance.
4th of July Dinner Cruise NYC
Although watching the fireworks from any of these places will offer an amazing time this year, our favorite spot to watch them is from out on the water on a boat! This is the best way to get an amazing view without having to deal with the crowds and traffic back on land. Book a 4th of July dinner cruise NYC today so you don’t miss out on 360 degree views of Manhattan and the best seats in the city to see the fireworks. Your memorable evening with great food, an open bar, and fun dancing is just a few short days away!