Whether you're a long-time resident staying in the city for the holiday or you're planning a trip to New York City and staying in Brooklyn, there are many places to see spectacular Fourth of July fireworks each year.
From the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to a rooftop bar in Williamsburg, Coney Island to Bushwick, communities and organizations across the borough will be celebrating Independence Day by lighting off hundreds of fireworks in the night sky, and you can get a great view of them yourself all over Brooklyn.
Be sure to plan your trip early and book any necessary tickets at least two weeks in advance as venues are likely to sell out on the holiday. You'll also want to make sure you leave plenty of time to coordinate your own party or day of adventure with friends, so check out these great options for fireworks on the Fourth of July in Brooklyn now.
Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks
One of the biggest celebrations visible from Brooklyn takes place somewhere different along the East River each year: the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® show. While it moves from year to year, there are a few tried-and-true places to catch a great view of the skyline lit up with Fourth of July lights.
According to Macy's, the best spots in Brooklyn include the newly rebuilt Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, the Brooklyn Grange in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and any rooftop bars in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, or western Queens.
If you want a quiet holiday, you can watch the Macy's Fireworks on TV, since the event is televised, but there's no reason to sit in front a screen when you can walk spend the evening with others huddled in awe as you watch the fireworks overhead from the Brooklyn Promenade. Get there early and enjoy the show.
South Brooklyn: Coney Island and Brighton Beach
If you're looking for a great place to celebrate Independence Day from dawn until midnight, South Brooklyn's Coney Island and Brighton Beach make for great destinations.
In Coney Island, you can arrive early and lay out on the beach before watching the official Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Then, head over to the boardwalk to catch the Coney Island Side Show. For those who want to start the celebration with another American tradition, you can head to a Brooklyn Cyclones game on July 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. where there will be post-game fireworks.
Even if you don't attend the game, you can watch the fireworks from the pier all along the boardwalk, Coney Island beach, and even from Brighton. Watching the fireworks light up the skies above Coney Island is a magical experience and a great way to get your fill of fireworks this Independence Day.
North Brooklyn: Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick
The hippest places to be on the Fourth of July in Brooklyn are on the north side of the borough in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwich—each of which offers multiple rooftop venues and public parks where you'll have a chance to see the fireworks at night.
East River-facing parks such as Transmitter Park's Pier, the Bushwick Inlet Park, and the Little Grand Ferry Park near the Domino Sugar Factory may be inaccessible, but most of the rooftop bars in the area will be open. Berry Park in Williamsburg, for instance, has a great rooftop bar with views of the Manhattan skyline.
If you want to see the fireworks from a boat, it's not too late to get tickets for a Freedom Cruise, which departs from Sheepshead Bay. Enjoy an evening on a boat, complete with a dinner and some of the best views of the fireworks.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein