So, you’re in New York City on 4th of July? Congratulations! You’ve got the chance to see the biggest and most expensive fireworks in the US. Millions of dollars burning in the sky in nice colors and shapes. It’s an impressive spectacle, thousands of ‘AAhs’, ‘OOHs’ and ‘Wow, look at that’ will sound up and down the Hudson River.
But where is the best spot to see the firework show? Macy’s, who is sponsor for the spectacle, recommends a couple of spots on 12th Avenue. There you might have a good view for the show itself but you’d better be there hours before and prepared to wait and fight for you spot. There are a bunch of other options.
View from Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Make a reservation at 230 Fifth Ave. The rooftop offers a good view to Empire State Building and the fireworks. Just hurry, it will be crowded here too.
- Plans to be in NY next year for 4th of July? Awesome! Put yourself on the Empire State Building Observation Deck Waiting list.
- Or the Water Taxi Fireworks Cruise. Quite costly but great view guaranteed.
No need to spend a lot of money to get a good view though. There are Alternatives:
- Check east side apartment offerings on airbnb.com between 24th and 57th and ask the host how high the building is and if the building has an accessible roof deck.
- Find a couchsurfing host in Brooklyn and ask about an accessible roof deck and the view. There are the most amazing views available in Brooklyn. And they include the Manhattan Skyline which you don’t have if you’re looking from Manhattan to Hudson River. Even though the Fireworks are behind the city if you look from Brooklyn, the fireworks will still be visible.
- Brooklyn East River State Park. It’s free, it’s nice, includes great view on Skyline and Firework and it’s not too crowded.
- New Jersey, Baby!! Yes, it involves leaving New York City, even New York State. But it’s just a quick ride with the PATH train from 33rd. Get off at Hoboken, that’s the first stop in Jersey. You’ll find the Hudson River easily, just follow all the others. Then walk North for a while. Get your spot with great view on the river and the Skyline! And don’t go anywhere else till the firework finished. Keep your spot or it is gone. This is the cheapest and best option. Path train should cost around $2.
Financial District in after firework atmosphere
Don’t pack your camera away after the fireworks are over. The sky is full of crazy clouds that can create a dramatic effect.
Where is your favorite 4th of July firework watching spot? Let me know in the comments!