You've got your friends rounded up, your cutoffs on, your tote bag packed with snacks and adult beverages, and you brought your best patriotic game-face. Good job. Now, it's time to go watch the Fourth of July fireworks.
Where do you go for the best view in New York City, without being jostled by tourists or having your line of sight blocked by other peoples' Solo cups?
This year's Macy’s Fourth of July extravaganza will be happening on five barges stationed along the East River, clustered between East 24th and East 41st Streets, according to Macy's fireworks guide. The show will start at 9:25 p.m. and last about 25 to 30 minutes. For a front-row seat to the display, you should head to Midtown, the East Village, Long Island City, Greenpoint, or Williamsburg.
But not all viewing spots are created equal. The "official" viewing points — 42nd Street and FDR Drive, 34th Street and FDR Drive, 23rd Street and FDR Drive, 18th Street and Avenue C, and Houston Street and FDR Drive — are likely to get overcrowded and annoying to navigate.