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New York’s Best: Fireworks Viewing Spots

With rooftops, parks, and bridges to choose from, celebrate The 4th of July with a bang this year in NYC!


For this year’s fireworks festivities, we’ve found some of the best viewing spots all over the city. The show begins around 9:20 p.m. and lasts for about 30 minutes on the East River; so just sit back, relax (with a drink or a treat), and enjoy the bright lights!


Brooklyn Bridge Park

East River between Adams St and Atlantic Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Subway: A/C to High St; F to York St


Fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo Credit: cbs local.

With incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and 85 acres of land right next to the East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park is hands down the best spot to view the show. Be sure to get there with lots of time to spare: it fills up quickly!


Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Pierrepont Pl

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Subway: 2/3 to Clark St.


Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Photo Credit: Sean Fitzthum.

Right next door to Brooklyn Bridge park, the promenade has gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge! Since it’s another prime spot, be prepared to camp out well before sundown!


Grand Ferry Park

Grand St

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Subway: J/M/Z to Marcy Ave; L to Bedford Ave


Grand Ferry Park. Photo Credit: NY Times

Want a spot that’s a little quieter? Grand Ferry Park has you covered. Right on the edge of Williamsburg, you’ll be sure to find good food and more (much needed) space!


Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Rd

Long Island City, NY 11101

Subway: 7 to Vernon Blvd; E/M to Court Sq


LIC Waterfront at Night. Photo Credit: 5boros.

Take a stroll before claiming your viewing spot at the Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens. With well-maintained gardens, pet-friendly walkways, and the city skyline as your background, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the fireworks without too much hustle and bustle.


South Street Seaport

One Seaport Plaza, 19 Fulton Street

New York, NY 10038

Subway: 2/3 to Fulton St; A/C/J/Z to Fulton St; 4/5 to Fulton St


Fireworks at South Street Seaport. Photo Credit: Gotham Magazine.

The South Street Seaport is right at the tip of Manhattan and in front of all the action. This year, they have events all day long, so bring a camera, some sunscreen, and enjoy!


Berry Park

4 Berry St

Brooklyn, NY 11249


Berry Park. Photo Credit: Bus Bud.

Not only does this spot have indoor and outdoor rooftop areas, there’s no cover! Get here early to enjoy drink specials starting at 2 p.m.; seats are first come, first serve!


Surf City

1 Marin Blvd

Jersey City, NJ 07302


Firework Spectacular at Surf City. Photo Credit: TimeOut.

Staying in Jersey this 4th of July weekend? No problem. Surf City in Jersey City has gorgeous views of the Hudson River fireworks show. Plus, there’s no cover! It’s the perfect place to sip some cocktails and celebrate America.



Photo Credit: GIPHY.

So go ahead, have a picnic, bake some patriotic desserts, and enjoy those fireworks.


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