Discovering NYC Series: July 4th Fireworks

Discovering NYC Series: July 4th Fireworks

July 4th is here and summer is in full swing! While many residents leave to escape the concrete jungle of New York City, others stay to watch the world-known Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display. Here are our top picks for the best places to catch a glimpse:

South Street Seaport: Festival of Independence

Since half of the fireworks will blast from two barges located south of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Seaport offers some of the best views of the show. While the official viewing spot is located near Peck Slip, there will be a number of other events happening throughout the day (and the day before). For more information about performances and other Seaport District events this weekend, please visit their website.

Empire State Building

For $325 and an up close and personal view of this year’s show, the Empire State Building offers tickets for those who wish to see Fireworks from an elevated level. Be prepared to stand for a few hours and pack your best camera for this one-of-a-kind experience. Tickets include light refreshments and snacks.

FDR Drive

There are plenty of parks and grassy knolls located along the East River perfect for laying out on a picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Venture through the East Village and Alphabet City for a light dinner; then make your way towards the river for the show. Be sure to get there early enough to grab a spot.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Head over to Brooklyn Heights Promenade for an ‘unofficial viewing’ of this year’s spectacle. Conveniently located between Joralemon Street and Grace Court, you’ll avoid tourists and have a fantastic spot to watch the show. If you can’t find a space there to set up, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace is about 10 minutes walking distance.

The fireworks start at 9:25pm and since it’s the 40th anniversary of the Macy’s July 4th Firework show, it will last an extra 25 minutes. The official website lists other famous spots to watch the show and provides more information about local celebrations. If you’re staying at Q&A Residential Hotel, head over to the Seaport District or make your way towards Battery Park to watch this year’s display. Happy Fourth of July!