Haven’t yet solidified your Fourth of July plans? If you’re a fan of Macy’s annual firework extravaganza, you have options in terms of a viewing spot. The celebrated light show is returning to the East River, but this year it’s a little lower down. More than 70,000 effects will be launched from four barges between Broad Street and the Brooklyn Bridge, meaning there are prime viewing locations on either side of the water. Macy’s will have designated official viewing spots which you can check out, but in case you’re feeling a little more adventurous (or seeking a possibly less crowded site), consider these five spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
89 South Street | Lower Manhattan
The South Street Seaport has gone through a major transformation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. With a plethora of events happening, you can celebrate all day long with various DJs, swag, bites, and drink samples. Enjoy the fireworks from weeknight and weekend favorite Chase Sapphire Lounge, with an exclusive bar and private lawn seating at 19 Fulton Street. Or you can navigate a little further down and enjoy a drink (or two!) at the Heineken Riverdeck or R17 rooftop at Pier 17. Be sure you get there early enough so you’re able to grab a seat or claim a spot for your picnic blanket.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Columbia Heights | Brooklyn Heights
Take in the stunning sights of the Manhattan skyline and the New York Harbor from this pedestrian walkway hugging the western edge of Brooklyn Heights. This is going to a hot spot for this year’s Macy’s Fireworks show, but you may even be able to snag a bench if you arrive early enough.
300 Kent Avenue | Williamsburg
For a different waterfront view, head to this Williamsburg park spanning five acres of green space along the East River. The site of a former sugar refinery, this verdant setting offers ample room for you and your dog to explore and relax. Though the closest bridge in sight is the Williamsburg Bridge, park-goers should still have a nice view of the fireworks just beyond the bridge.
East River Park
Montgomery Street to East 12 Street, FDR Drive | Lower East Side
With impressive waterfront views on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, you’ll be perfectly situated to see the July 4th fireworks. The park stretches from Montgomery Street up to 12th Street on the east side of FDR Drive. Grab your friends, family, and a large blanket and you’ll have front-row seats to watch the show.
334 Furman Street | Brooklyn Heights
A popular spot to watch this year’s fireworks, entries will be limited through NYPD bag checkpoints at the following locations:
- Furman Street and Joralemon Street
- Furman Street and Old Fulton Street
- New Dock Street and Water Street
- Atlantic Ave and Bridge Park Drive
Be mindful that nearby roads close early, so take public transport. Due to the high volume of people who will flock to the park, be sure to arrive early and bring a blanket to claim your spot.