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. 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 county's biggest displays is the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show. It includes over 10,000 fireworks and effects, making it a feast for the eyes. This year the fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges along the lower East River. That means Brooklynites will get the best views.
To get up close to the fireworks head to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and the Brooklyn Grange in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. You can also go up to the roof of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, but make a reservation early, as it's going to get packed.
If you want a quiet holiday, you can watch the Macy's Fireworks on TV, since the event is televised. Of course, this isn't the same as huddling with others in awe on the Brooklyn Promenade. Get there early with a picnic 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 Sideshow. 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 Bushwick — each of which offers multiple rooftop venues and public parks where you'll have a chance to see the fireworks at night (Note: you may only get a partial viewing this year because of the firework's locations, but it will still be fun.)
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.