Watch the Year Go Out with a Bang: 7 Best Places to Watch NYE Fireworks in NYC

Are you looking for the best firework displays that New York City has to offer for New Year’s Eve? You can put your transgressions aside and ring in the new year with new hopes and the explosive shimmering colorful lights of fireworks.

That’s right, if you’re tired of repeating the same customs year after year, we’ve got the solution. We don’t know how you spend your NYE, but perhaps you’re one of the many who prefers to stay nestled in the comfort of your own home to watch the fireworks and ball drop.

New Year’s Eve is the most magical time when anything can happen, especially in NYC, so why wouldn’t you want to celebrate it the right way?

Who knows? Maybe this year you’ll find the willpower to seriously celebrate it in the most blissful way, and hey, maybe you’ll finally have that dreamy New Year’s kiss too. 

1. Timesquare, Midtown West (Manhattan)

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We know how much you fret over even thinking of entering here, but remember when you made that New’s Year resolution of taking some chances or meeting new people? Well, now’s your chance to get a head start.

Begin your New Year’s on the right foot by making your way to Times Square because that’s where the real spectacle is at. Watch the ball drop and enjoy live performances, confetti and fireworks.


This year there’s a pretty amazing line-up for performers including Wiz Khalifa, Jessie J, Carrie Underwood and Demi Lovato.

You’ll need to get there early and find your spot between Broadway and Seventh Avenue to experience the wonder and magic!

2. Bethesda Terrace, Central Park (Manhattan)

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For a dazzling display of lights and an eventful time, you can head to Central Park. There will be plenty of activities and entertainment including DJs, neon face painting, strobe lights, photoshoots and fun giveaways at 10 p.m.

Afterwards, at the stroke of midnight, you can join on the NYRR Midnight Run. Runners take off on a four-mile run from the 72nd Street Transverse to start the year off in a healthy way. Interested in joining in the race? Then you can register for the race here.

In addition, you can choose to put your goals in their 2016 resolution wall. Then count down the new year with sparkling cider while you revel in the spectacular beauty of some fireworks as they explode in the night sky in Central Park.

(P.S. Use the hashtag #Midnight Run on Twitter and Instagram to be automatically entered into the NYRR Social Hashtag Challenge for a chance to win some prizes.)

3. Grand Army Plaza (Prospect Park Brooklyn)

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It’s no secret that Manhattan is a madhouse, so if you choose to stay low-profile, Grand Army Plaza is the place to be. You can escape the crowds and kick off the new year by attending the free light show at Grand Army Plaza.

Hot chocolate will be served, and at 11 p.m. there will be some spins by DJ C. and live music by the Brooklyn Mash It Up Band. The fireworks will begin at midnight, but we advise that you get there early. If you are coming by car, parking spots will most likely be scarce.


The best locations for viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on the West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

4. Steeplechase Plaza - Coney Island 

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If one thing is for sure, Coney Island knows how to throw some kick-ass parties. From the mermaid parade to the hot dog eating contest, Coney Island is a thriving year-round destination for fun-filled activities.

This NYE expect to enjoy fireworks, food, music, entertainment and on-site food options. More than 5,000 spectators gathered last year to ring in the new year, and a big crowd is expected this year to say hello to 2016, proving once again that Brooklyn goes hard!

Some attractions and venues will be open until late, plus, there will be some promos and discounts including free rides. 


5. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

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Want to go over the top to celebrate NYE? Then maybe booking a cruise might be right up your alley.

Your beautiful New Year’s Eve experience starts here, Circle Line promises to help you raise a toast to the New Year with breathtaking views of the city skyline and, as promised, fireworks.


This New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise features a full open bar, delectable appetizers, a non-stop DJ, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. The cruise also includes the views of iconic attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and much more.

Everyone will board at 9 p.m. sharp, and you can book your spot here and get more details.

6. Harbors Lights Cruise

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Get ready for the night of your life once you hop aboard the Harbors Lights yacht. A delicious full dinner buffet will be provided on board.

Surround yourself with good music from a live DJ as you dance the night way. The special black-tie optional event also highlights an open bar.

Enjoy a magically lit skyline with fireworks above you. The ship will depart the dock at 9 p.m. sharp and you can snag some tickets here.

7. ZEPHYR New Year’s Eve Cruise

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Rumor has it that the best party is actually being held aboard New York City’s coolest yacht, the ZEPHYR. 

This New Year’s Eve Cruise offers tasty appetizers, dinner buffet, beer, wine and soft drinks. Plus, complimentary champagne toast or sparking cider will be given at midnight.


The yacht also has two full cash bars on board for any beverage purchases. And guess what? You will also be able to view live coverage of the ball dropping throughout the yacht with their televisions.

Enjoy twinkling skyline views and an incredible display of firework explosives as they light up the sky. Interested? For more info you can click here.

Check out 7 Best Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in NYC. 
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