NYC’s Top Spots for Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebrations

(New York, NY) — As American as apple pie is Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular celebrating the Fourth of July on the Hudson River – truly a New York City tradition in the making. Hands down, the Empire State’s finest display of pyrotechnics, the show starts lighting up the city’s sky at 9:20 PM with about 70,000 pounds of explosions.

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With over 2 million spectators watching the fireworks as they launch from six barges along the water, there will surely be a party on the island of Manhattan this evening. In honor of the holiday, BrokerPulse is bringing you the top spots to kick back and enjoy the festivities.

Dance the night away on the Circle Line Cruise with a live DJ and clear views of the fireworks. The party boat boards at 7 PM at Pier 83 on West 42nd Street. Tickets cost $89, and may be purchased at The cruise runs until 11 PM.

Bringing it back to the 19th century with style and class, Chelsea Pier’s Classic Harbor Line Cruise is a stylin’ old school schooner that hosts an uber-classy evening of flowing champagne and hors-d’oeuvres from 7:30 – 11:00 PM. Tickets are $425.

Let your patriotism shine while you watch NYC’s skyline illuminate at the top of the Empire State Building. Be sure to make a reservation online, as the observatory fills up quickly. Priced at $300, tickets include admission and light refreshments. Then arrive in your red, white and blue at 320 Fifth Avenue, ride up to the 86th floor and celebrate among the night stars and sparks of our country’s Independence Day celebration.

For a taste of American History, head to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where the World War II aircraft carrier opens its doors for a 4th of July show viewing party. From 7 – 10 PM, the museum sets our country’s birthday celebration to music with a live DJ simulcast of the fireworks musical score. The spectacular can also be seen from the flight deck’s VIP lounge. Entrance is at Pier 86 on West 46th Street and 12th Avenue.

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In a city with rooftops galore, Hudson Terrace is where you’ll find some of the best views of Macy’s fireworks with a barbecue, live DJ, and open bar. Located at 621 West 46th Street. General admission is $150 and private cabanas cost $250. The party goes from 6:30 – 10:30 PM.

Considered one of Manhattan’s hidden gems, the Press Lounge rooftop bar atop the Ink 48 Hotel is a chic chill spot to view the fireworks right along the Hudson. Featuring beach club-style seating, a low pool illuminated by nightlights, and a glass-walled modern architecturally designed interior, Press is known for its signature cocktails and organic cuisine served from the hotel’s restaurant, Print. The rooftop’s Fourth of July soiree costs $325 and runs from 6 – 10 PM. Located at 653 11th Avenue.

For a free Fourth of July celebration, you can go anywhere along 22nd to 55th Streets on the West Side Highway. From the hours of 4 – 10 PM, the northbound lanes at 12th Avenue will be closed to traffic for the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular viewing. One caveat to this is that you will have to stand and should arrive early to get a good spot.

Happy 4th of July NYC!



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