4th of July in New York City

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Fete our nation’s birthday in style this 4th of July. On Monday, July 4, 2016, NYC will be the best place in America to celebrate Independence Day, with Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks bursting over the city’s skyline. From NYC parks to rooftop bars, we’ve got you covered on where to catch the most spectacular view of the show. Check out our guide to the biggest summer holiday and make the most of this year’s long weekend with plenty of things to do outside.


Let the American Eagles fly and the red, white and blue bikini tops shine! It’s time for 4th of July Fireworks, NYC’s epic celebration of all things America and one of the most exciting things to do in summer. Check out the pyrotechnic spectacular as it bursts over the city’s skyline and some of its best sights and attractions. And don’t forget to look out for other smaller but still dazzling displays like the Coney Island July 4th Fireworks Spectacular from our favorite lookouts, rooftop bars and parties.

What time are the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks over the East River begin after dark on Monday, July 4, 2016. The show during the third annual Freedom and Fireworks Festival at Jersey City starts after dark as well. These displays should last about 30 minutes.

Where are the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are set off from barges near Pier 17 and more barges on the East River spread between 23rd St and 37th St. Jersey City will be displaying fireworks at Liberty State park where you’ll get a waterfront view of the Statue of Liberty.

Watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Dumbo’s gorgeous 85-acre urban playground features such unique attractions as Jane’s Carousel and riverside esplanades with gorgeous Manhattan views. In a nutshell: This is basically your golden spot for the fireworks.

Berry Park

If you want great atmosphere more than a perfect view, Berry Park is the place. It serves alcoholic slushies and barbecue on the rooftop and had a cover-free party last year, but you probably won’t be able to see much of the actual fireworks show, unless you’re one of the lucky ones seated on the only side with a river view.

Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade

For a free, but very busy, lookout, post up on the Brooklyn Promenade. With sweeping views from the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll be able to see it all, but it may feel a lot like your morning L train commute. At least the fireworks happen above your head, so it doesn’t matter as much if you get that coveted spot by the railing.

Firework Spectacular at Surf City

Even though Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are now over the East River, the folks in New Jersey have no need to fret—there’s plenty of patriotic, pyrotechnic fun to go around! From Jersey City’s megabar Surf City you’ll have a spectacular view of the state’s biggest display over the Hudson River at nearby Liberty State Park. There’s no cover, which means more money you can spend on frozen cocktails ($10-12) and tasty surf and turf food options.

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