Spend the 4th of July in Brooklyn, where you can get a spectacular view of the fireworks display lighting up the skies by the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. This American holiday is surely one of the best dates of the summer.
You can spend the day hopping around to BBQs or you can watch the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, and see if Matt Stonie will keep his title. Then head to the Coney Island Side Show, or soak in the sun while splashing in the wave.
If you want to explore Brighton Beach, it's a short walk from Coney Island.
After a day at the beach and learning about the history of this iconic area, you might want to watch some of the world's best fireworks displays. If so, head to scenic Brooklyn Heights to take in the fantastic Macy's 4th of July Fireworks.
This year, the 40th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® will take place atop one of New York's most beloved landmarks—the Brooklyn Bridge! The shows start around 9:30 and lasts a half hour. Get ready for a dazzling display to light up the summer night sky.
Really the best place, in iffy weather is, to watch from someone's roof, from the top of Alma Restaurant on Columbia Street, from the rooftop of the Wythe Hotel.
According to Macy's, the best Brooklyn access points will be
- Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.
- For boater viewing restrictions, call Macy's Marine Hotline at (212) 494-5243.
- Any rooftop with views of the top of the Brooklyn Bridge! Check out our list of rooftop bars, many of which you can catch a glimpse of the fireworks.
- Spend 4th of July at Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard (unfortunately this is sold out for 2017, but keep this unique celebration in mind for the future).
If you're tempted to go to Greenpoint or Williamsburg in North Brooklyn, both of which have East River facing parks, such as Transmitter Park's Pier, Bushwick Inlet Park, or little Grand Ferry Park near the Domino Sugar Factory, note that these areas will not be accessible. But if you'd rather watch from an atmospheric rooftop bar in the thick of hipster Williamsburg, head to Berry Park, for a brew and rooftop views. Although they aren't as good as the view from the boat, you'll have a great time at this festive neighborhood favorite bar.
Don't even think about trying to watch from the Brooklyn Bridge itself. It's closed.
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.
For those who want to start the celebration early, should head to a Brooklyn Cyclones game on July 3rd at 7 pm where you can run the bases and also receive a cooler bag, there will be post-game fireworks.
Watching the fireworks light up the skies above Coney Island is a magical experience. This is a great way to get your fill of fireworks from the comfort of your seat at the stadium.
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!
Edited by Alison Lowenstein