Here Are The Best Places To Watch The Fireworks In NYC This Fourth Of July

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 Houston 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.
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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.
For a guide to the best unofficial places to watch the pretty, colorful explosions, read on.
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Brooklyn: North Brooklyn Farms

If you want park-like vibes minus the effort of packing a picnic, check out North Brooklyn Farms. Ticket prices with food included vary, but general admission is $20.
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Brooklyn: Berry Park

Time Out New York recommends this quintessential Williamsburg beer hall with a rooftop deck, which serves alcoholic slushies and barbecue.

Berry Park, 4 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY.
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Photo: courtesy of NYC Parks.
Brooklyn: Grand Ferry Park

Head to this Williamsburg park for a quieter spot to watch the fireworks. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and relax on the grass.

Grand Ferry Park, 1 Grand Street (at River Street), Brooklyn, NY.
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Brooklyn: Brooklyn Grange

This rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is serving up "Alternative Eats" (food from other cultures) as a reminder that immigrants make America great, to be followed by a dance party.

Brooklyn Grange, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
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Photo: courtesy of Gantry Park.
Queens: Gantry Plaza State Park

Less crowded than all the buzzy Brooklyn spots and with a prime view of the fireworks display, the waterfront park is your best bet for watching the show from Queens. Get there early, though: Thousands of the borough's residents will have the same bright idea as you.

Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Road, Long Island City, Queens, NY.
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Photo: courtesy of NYC Parks.
Manhattan: East River Park

This Lower East Side park, further downtown than most of the official viewing spots, has the advantage of being away from the hustle and bustle and near all the good bars. Win-win.

John V. Lindsay East River Park, East River Promenade, New York City, NY.
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Photo: courtesy of Surf City/Facebook.
New Jersey: Surf City

If you can't make it to the East River, there's always New Jersey's biggest fireworks display over the Hudson River. TONY suggests heading to this "megabar" in Jersey City for a no-cover party full of frozen drinks and surf-and-turf. You can also check out the carnival at Liberty State Park before the main event.

Surf City, 1 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.
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Looks like Jersey had the best view of them all.
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Photo: courtesy of Hornblower New York/Facebook.
The East River

The surest way to get close to the action is to be on the actual river. This year, quite a few NYC cruise companies are offering inexpensive options that will give you an excuse to Instagram your red-white-and-blue drink with the caption "I'm on a boat." It's not too obnoxious on the Fourth of July, promise. Check out NYC Insider Guide for some ideas.
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