Want a view of the 4th of July fireworks? Here's where to go
Just like last year, Macy's 4th of July fireworks show will take place on the East River—but this year celebrates Macy's 40th fireworks show, meaning it'll probably be an extra good year for the 25-minute spectacular. As with 2015, fireworks will blast from two barges set up just south of the Brooklyn Bridge and from four barges positioned between East 23rd and East 42nd streets, offering prime views to north Brooklyn, Long Island City, and Midtown East. The official viewing locations in lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts are sure to get a little crowded, so if you're looking for something a little more exclusive, the list below includes plenty of alternatives that vary from more offbeat parks and piers to rooftop viewing locations dishing up food, drink, and merriment (at a price.) If something on this map strikes your fancy, make plans quickly——tickets for this beloved NYC occasion tend to run out fast.