It's finally summer, and we're fully ready to celebrate.
The Fourth of July is not only a time to be grateful for 'Murica,' it's also a hella superb way to kick off summer and enjoy all that the city has to offer.
It may seem that the best place to watch fireworks is a giant hillside back in your hometown, fireflies abuzz and little kids running around.
And while that's certainly charming, it can't quite beat all the epic views and celebrations that the city brings about for the Fourth.
There's tons of dope events and incredible rooftops where you can watch all the magic go down, as well as more low-key spot if you'd rather chill out on Independence Day.
Here's our roundup of the best spots to catch the fireworks this year in NYC.
How does a vodka open bar courtesy of 50 Bleu Vodka, free beer and wine, passed h’ordeuvres, three hours of dancing, and breathtaking views courtesy of World Yacht’s absolute beaut, Duchess, sound for a 4th of July Party?
Pretty damn good, right? Join us for our July 4th Weekend Sunset Booze Cruise and this dream can become a reality.
It’s all going down Sunday, July 3rd, 6:30 p.m., at Pier 81, located at West 41st Street & the West Side Highway– come hell, high water, rain, or shine– and the party won’t stop until at least 9:30 p.m. That’s three, count ‘em three, hours of madness.
Seriously, what could be a better place to see the fireworks than a gorgeous yacht on the Hudson River-- while not paying an arm and a leg for all of the other waterfront events going down the day after? Get your Sunday Funday tickets right here!
South Street Seaport
South Street Seaport is essentially the perfect summer hangout - there's tons of outdoor events, amazing restaurants, and all the shopping you and your mother could ever dream of.
It's also a great spot to catch fireworks on the Fourth. Grab a bite at one of the Seaport's many eateries, then head to the waterfront and enjoy the view.
4th of July on the East @ Industry Kitchen
We need more roof in our lives. Do you need more roof in your life? Yes. Yes, you do.
Especially on the Fourth of July. That’s why you should head to Industry Kitchen on Sunday, July 3rd for their 4th of July celebration, which includes an open bar and buffet, not to mention some of the most amazing views of Manhattan.
Grab your tickets here!
Step aboard the illustrious Cornucopia Destiny this 4th of July with Joonbug for an unforgettable evening of patriotic party rocking.
Set sail from Manhattan’s Pier 81 for a nonstop party featuring incomparable panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, the single most incredible skyline in the world (#FactsOnly), and NYC's legendary Macy’s Firework Show.
This luxury liner’s four stories of uniquely all-American experiences will leave family and friends seeing stars and stripes this Fourth of July, either that will, or the 4-hour open bar will. But who can say? Get your tickets here!
Rooftop Party @ Rivington Hotel
4th of July in NYC is all about the views.
On July 4th at the penthouse at the Rivington Hotel, guests can enjoy an open bar, gourmet buffet and the unobstructed 360-degree panoramic view of East River, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, as well as the Midtown and Brooklyn skylines.
They’re not messing around. Get your tickets here.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park has some of the most stunning views of Manhattan as is. Throw in a sunset and some epic Fourth of July fireworks and it's simply unreal.
If you're looking to escape the celebratory madness of Manhattan but still want to enjoy the incredible fireworks displays, the park is a perfect option.
East River State Park
Big Fourth of July parties are great and all, but sometimes you just want to chill the f*ck out.
So if you'd rather opt out of a crowded rooftop shindig, grab some lawn chairs and a six pack and head to East River State Park for a good old fashioned kick back.
You'll be able to catch some stellar views of the fireworks, too.
July 4th Fireworks Rooftop Viewing BBQ @ Penthouse 808 at The Ravel Hotel
We’ve accepted the fact that Fourth of July in NYC is really just about finding the best places to watch the fireworks. As well as eat the best food and drink the best cocktails while we’re doing that, of course.
Ravel Hotel is your spot for all this and more, and it’s all going down on Monday, July 4th. Get your tickets here before it’s too late.
Fourth of July Fireworks @ Brooklyn Grange
Barbecues, dance parties, rooftops...these are a few of our favorite things.
The best of summer activities culminate at the Brooklyn Grange's Fourth of July celebration. Attendees can enjoy scrumptious Southern comfort-food, a view of the Macy's fireworks display, and an epic dance party to follow.
Sounds pretty perfect to us.[Feature Image Courtesy BKmag]