Atop the tallest building on Soho, SOAKED is throwing "Red, White, and Juice" from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with a beer-and-wine open bar available for the first four hours. All partygoers can enjoy the panoramic views, free-flowing drinks, and artisan popcorn throughout the evening.
SOAKED 150 Lafayette Street (between Howard and Grand streets); 212-389-1000.
Sky Terrace has unobstructed views of the Hudson River all the way down to the Statue of Liberty. Tickets will include a one-hour open bar sponsored by Moët Hennessy to start off the night. Rawse J. Schott and Brandon James will be pumping jams all party long from 6 to 11:30 p.m.
Sky Terrace 356 West 58th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues); 212-554 6000.
For a seriously unique experience, reserve a seat aboard Intrepid, the Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Tickets are available for five different seating areas and include complimentary food, non-alcoholic beverages, and full access to the aircraft carrier's Hangar Deck.
Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Pier 86, West 46th Street (at 12th Avenue); 877-957-7447.
West Side Highway
What you save in money you will spend in time. Head to the West Side Highway early — the northbound lanes will be blocked off at 2 p.m. — to stake out a stellar view of the fireworks for free. Access points will be open along 11th Avenue at various locations.
West Side Highway various access points; no phone.
Celebrate Independence Day from the highest rooftop lounge in NYC. Sky Room is offering a five-hour premium open bar, a summery picnic buffet (pigs in blankets, chicken tenders, potato chips, and more), and stunning 360-degree views.
Sky Room 330 West 40th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues); 212-380-1195.
Circle Line Fireworks Cruise
Be as close as you can be by snagging a seat on Circle Line's Fireworks Cruise. Boarding begins at 5 p.m. and the boat launches at 7 p.m. Spend the evening on the river, under the fireworks, and you'll dock back at 11 p.m. Worried you'll get seasick? Circle Line is also throwing a party right on Pier 83.
Circle Line Fireworks Cruise Pier 83, 42nd Street (at 12th Avenue); 212-563-3200.