Happy Birthday America! Here are some fireworks spots across NYC

Four barges full of fireworks will once again take to the Hudson River this year to light up the sky for New York City's 4th of July celebration. The boats will be positioned between 23rd and 42nd Streets, meaning the best views will be from the west side, but don't head to the many waterfront parks. Battery Park, Battery Park City, all piers along the Hudson River, and Hudson River Park will be closed to visitors. The public will be herded toward the free viewing area on 12th Avenue, but there are plenty of other options if you like your fireworks with a few thousand less people. Lounge poolside on a hotel rooftop, eat yourself into a food coma at an all-American barbeque, or enjoy the show from afar on a Brooklyn pier—check out this map of 19 places and take your pick. The fiery fun begins today at 9:20 p.m.




19 places Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in NYC
24th Street and 12th Avenue
The fireworks will be set off from four barges on the Hudson River between 23rd and 42nd Streets, and 12th Avenue will be the viewing area. NYPD security is tight, so don't bring any coolers or backpacks to save yourself some hassle. The southern most access point is 24th Street at 11th Avenue. If you have any desire to get a seat, be sure to arrive well before sundown. You can find all the access points here.
12th Avenue & West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
57th Street and 12th Avenue
The northern most access point to get to 12th Avenue will be 57th Street. Same rules apply: get here early and the NYPD requests that you don't bring coolers, large bags, or lawn chairs. Last year, they even made everyone pick up their blankets.
Riverside Park South
Since the northern most fireworks barge will be near 40th Street, locations north of 59th Street have limited views, but Riverside Park South is a solid option if you get there early enough. It fills up quickly, and in previous years, the NYPD has stopped allowing new visitors after 4 p.m
Riverside Blvd, New York, NY 10069
Boat Cruises
For premium seats, book a seat on one of the many cruises departing from Chelsea Piers—but be prepared to pay premium prices for the remaining seats. Sail NYC cruises cost upwards of $300 per person, while the cheapest option from Spirit Cruises is $399. Most of these tickets are for several hours-long events that include dinner and drinks.
62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011
Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club
If partying on a barge in New Jersey sounds like your thing, you're in luck. That's happening. The Oceanie Club is hosting a party on a ship docked at the Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club. General admission is $100 per person, but you can book yourself an overnight room on the ship for $249.
1500 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, NJ 07086
Lincoln Harbor
Lincoln Harbor Park in Weehawken will have prime views of the fireworks, but if you live any where other than Weehawken, you're out of luck—it's only open to residents and you need proof of residency to enter. You can find more details in this PDF file.
Park and Pier At Maxwell Place
In Hoboken, Maxwell Park will be open to the public, but like in Manhattan, there will be multiple checkpoints, and backpacks, cans, glass bottles, tents and other items are prohibited beyond those checkpoints. Sinatra Drive from 15th Street to 1st Street will also be open to the public.
Sinatra Dr North, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Louis Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier
For a less in-your-face fireworks display, head to Red Hook. Valentino Pier has stunning views of the harbor, thus some pretty solid views of the show. Locals start to arrive in the early afternoon, and while you won't encounter the same hordes of people as in Manhattan, you can still expect a couple hundred spectators. Coffey St & Ferris St., Brooklyn, NY 11231
East River State Park
Brooklyn and Queens are still bitter that the fireworks were moved from the East River to the Hudson River, but waterfront areas—like East River State Park in Billyburg—still enjoy great views. Plus, these areas get to look at the Manhattan skyline rather than dirty Jerz.
Hudson Terrace
The rooftop bar Hudson Terrace, located on West 46th close to 12th Avenue, will have one of the best views in the city, and you can enjoy said views for $165. The lounge is hosting a fireworks viewing party that includes a four-hour open bar, BBQ buffet, a live DJ, and unspecified party favors and "takeaway gifts." You can buy tickets here.
621 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
The Terrace at Yotel
The purple-hued Yotel on the west side is keeping the theme all-American with a $75 per person "all you can eat and drink" summer BBQ. Stuff yourself silly with fried chicken, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, coleslaw, peach cobbler, and lobster gazpacho shooters. Hungry yet? There will also be unlimited beer, wine, and "Red, White, and Blue(berry) sangria." Views of the fireworks are somewhat limited, but you'll probably be in a food coma by then anyway.
570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
The Press Lounge
Atop the Ink48 hotel, the Press Lounge is hosting an open bar party with hor d'oeuvres from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $266 a pop. At 10 p.m. (post-fireworks), the lounge will be open up to the general public. Call for reservations.
Ava Lounge
Midtown's Dream Hotel hosts one of the cheaper 4th of July fêtes, with tickets costing just $15. The all-American six-hour party includes free cotton candy, free hot dogs, and a craft beer tasting. There will also be a Made In America pop-up shop if you need some USA schwag.
Le Bain at The Standard
Starting at 2 p.m., the Standard's rooftop hot spot will welcome Independence Day frolickers. The space will have unobstructed views of the fireworks.
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
Fifty dollars will buy you entry and a drink at Plunge, the rooftop lounge at the party-loving Gansevoort Hotel in MePa. If you feel like splurging, $250 gets you bottle service and food, plus "unrestricted view of fireworks display," which leads us to believe the rest of the party-goers may not have the best view.
18 9th Ave., New York, NY 10014
PH-D at Dream Downtown
Both of the city's Dream Hotels have stellar rooftop spaces, but the party at the downtown version is more expensive—and it seems like you get less for your money. Tickets are $50 and ads for the event only mention a DJ, no food or free drinks.
Hotel Americano's rooftop respite—there's a bar, grill, and pool—is hosting an all-day extravaganza, with doors opening at noon. There will be special star-spangled cocktails, grilled lobster and branzino, and several different DJs. Admission is free, but food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Table reservations are recommended.
518 W 27th St., New York, NY 10001
The Empire Hotel Rooftop
Celebrate our nation's independence with live music and a battle of the bands at the Empire Hotel's rooftop lounge. Tickets are on the cheaper end, just $35, but that only gets you admission.
Sky Terrace at Hudson Hotel
At first glance, the tickets to the party at Hudson Hotel's Sky Terrace seem exorbitantly priced, but most of the prices are for groups. Per person, the cost is $75 and that gets you one hour of open bar. The other options are for tables, and they range in price from $400 to $1200, with the cost directly correlating to the number of people you can have. For about $100 per person, smaller tables get one bottle of champagne and one bottle of vodka, while the largest table gets two of each. Views stretch all the way down the river to the Statue of Liberty.
356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 554-6303
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