July 4th in New York City 2016

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Fireworks, Boat Cruise, Festivals, BBQ, Rooftops

July 4th in New York City is amazing! The weather is almost always wonderful and our July 4th celebrations, including the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®, which will return to the East River in 2016 and light up the night from two locations – the Brooklyn Bridge and 23rd to 37th Streets! Expect 2016 to be even more spectacular than usual, as it is the fireworks’ 40th anniversary!

Make sure to check sightseeing and holiday hours for Monday, July 4, 2016. Add your event to the July 4th in NYC Events Activities calendar.


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NYC Insider Tip – Best Place to See Fireworks?

Personally, I think the BEST view of the 2016 New York City Fireworks is from a boat cruise on the water. Here’s why…

If you want to watch them from land, be prepared for crowds, long waits, packing your food and drinks, carrying your stuff and umm…restrooms? Good luck.

A hotel with a roof deck is also a great option. The 2016 fireworks will be held over the East River, from two locations – the Brooklyn Bridge and 23rd to 37th Streets, giving you lots of viewing options!

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Rooftops, Hotels, Restaurants with Views of 4th of July NYC 2016 Fireworks

July 4th Fireworks at Z Hotel
Z Hotel Long Island City

Where will you watch the July 4th fireworks this year? A rooftop, lounge, hotel, restaurant?

All July 4th Trip Advisor reviews are from the East River Fireworks and confirmed for 2016 unless otherwise noted.

2016 July 4th Fireworks NYC Viewing Options:

The Standard, East Village – July 4th reviews, ‘The Hotel itself is a gem with wonderful views of south Manhattan. July 4th fireworks were easily seen. The Restaurants are excellent – a definite NY vibe less pretentious than Standard Highline. I gladly recommend this gem’ and "wanted a room with a view of the East River, so we could see fireworks. She went beyond to find us the PERFECT room"

Park South Hotel – July 4th reviews, ‘The rooftop patio was an amazing bonus and we had a great view of the fireworks’ and ‘…for added pleasure the Roof bar was fabulous we watched the fireworks’

Millenium Hilton – here’s what one reviewer had to say about his July 4th stay: ‘The hotel is right across from the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks…We were on a higher floor (40+) in an "01" corner room… and out our east windows, we had a fabulous view of the Brooklyn Bridge, the East River and Long Island.’

New York Marriott Downtown – July 4th reviews, ‘Came to see the Macy’s fireworks display on July 4th….short walk from this hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge… I had a corner room with an awesome view of Ellis Island’ and ‘We braved the crowds at the fireworks but if your room faces the bridge and is high enough up, you could see them right from your room!’

Trump SoHo – "They made sure I had a view of the east river so we could see the Fourth of July fireworks. I will definitely be staying there again." and "so very helpful in situating us in the best room possible to view the 4th of july fireworks and a tremendous view of the Empire State Building"

Best Western Plus Seaport – ‘balcony has an excellent view of the city and we had a good spot to watch the fireworks’ and ‘location was perfect for celebrating the 4th of July! There were bands and a street fair all around the hotel and the view of the fireworks was great! We were in room 308 and could see the show and hear the music!’

Hotel on Rivington – offers panoramic city and East River views from their spectacular Penthouse roofdeck. Their Fireworks Party offers a luxurious July 4th experience with live DJ, open bar and a prime view of the East River fireworks in one of NYC’s hippest neighborhoods! Enjoy 360 degree breathtaking panoramic views of downtown, midtown, uptown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond!

The Ides Rooftop Bar at the Wythe Hotel -The Ides will open at 7:30pm for a ticketed entry ($25) for access to the bar and fireworks display at 9:00pm. Fill up while they grill house-made sausages, along with german potato salad which will be available to accompany cold beers and sparkling rosé (all for purchase).

Affinia Manhattan NYC Hotel(sorry – doesn’t look like they are doing this package in 2016) hosting a vacation package that includes two tickets to the private Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show and other freebies.

More Options:

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July 4th Fireworks Boat Cruises

July 4th Fireworks Boat Cruises

Enjoy the fireworks over the East River with your choice of NYC Boat Cruises. As mentioned above, I think the BEST view of the fireworks is from the water. Book your front-row seat on a variety of private, upscale and family-friendly parties, with on-board DJ’s to get you dancing the night away, plus food and drinks.

July 4th Fireworks Boat Cruises:

Note: Boat Cruises WILL DEFINITELY sell out before the end of June. Please book your cruise early for the best availability and pricing.


July 4th Fireworks BBQ, Boat Cruise and NYC Tour – FULL DAY!

NYC July 4th Fireworks Boat Cruise

Book your July 4th day as part of a July 4th Fireworks Hotel Package or separately. Fill your entire day with hosted July 4th festivities:

  • BBQ lunch over Broadway
  • Manhattan guided bus tour
  • Upscale fireworks dinner cruise

More Info: July 4th in New York City 2016 BBQ Over Broadway, Manhattan Guided Tour and evening Fireworks Cruise.

Start your 4th of July NYC with BBQ Over Broadway from 1pm until 3:30pm on the Supernova Restaurant’s outdoor terrace. Continue with a guided tour of historical Manhattan and finish your holiday with the World Yacht Duchess cruise with buffet dinner and open bar. The 4th of July NYC fireworks BBQ Day ALWAYS sells out, so don’t get left behind!

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Madame Tussauds Ghostbusters Experience

From the eerie underground tracks of the NYC subway to the basement of a haunted mansion to Ghostbusters Headquarters to the streets of Times Square, brace yourself for several spooks and even catch a ride on Ecto-2. The Ghostbusters Experience is a multi-layered and sensory environment immersing you into a fantastical and spirited world, inspired by the 2016 film.

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July 4th in New York City – Attractions

Many New York City Tourist Attractions are open 365 days per year, although some with limited hours. July 4th may be a great day to try and see some of the more popular attractions as many people will be celebrating the holiday.

July 4th in New York City – Open Attractions


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NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins

New York Mets Tickets

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with America’s favorite pastime? Don’t miss the NY Mets, an old-fashioned hot dog and CitiField!


July 4th Broadway Shows NYC 2016

July 4th Broadway Shows NYC 2015

Since July 4th falls on a Monday this year, when most shows are dark, there is a limited selection. However, you can still see the newest Cirque du Soleil – Paramour, Chicago, Avenue Q, Perfect Crime and more coming soon.

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July 4th Barbecue & Fireworks Vacation Package

NYC July 4th Fireworks Vacation Package

Check out this great NYC July 4th Barbecue & Fireworks Cruise Vacation Package customized by local NYC vacation experts.

The package includes hotel, an exclusive outdoor BBQ over Broadway, 4th of July Macy’s Fireworks Display Boat Cruise, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock (or many other choices) and much more.

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New York City Hotels with Pools

While a few of our hotels with pools are family-friendly, most are adult party zones with skyline views, cocktails, private cabanas and summer long pool parties. We highlight more than 10 family-friendly and adults-only hotel pools, many with day-pass availability for NYC locals.

New York City Hotels with Pools

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NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

If had to pick my FAVORITE way to explore NYC, it would be on bicycle! Don't miss out on your choice of NYC hotels with free bicycles, allowing you to explore hidden nooks of NYC you can't see any other way. Some of our top value picks include:

NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

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40th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Macy's NYC July 4th Fireworks

Monday, July 4, 2016, 9:00pm

Macy’s July 4th Fireworks will be launched from two locations over the East River – the Brooklyn Bridge and 23rd to 37th Streets!

Photo: Crashworks

Television Perfomances:
Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor and more! Independence Day spectators from coast-to-coast can catch all the action by tuning to NBC’s two-hour national broadcast of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular beginning at 8:00 PM ET (check local listings). In addition to the pyrotechnic splendor, the 4th of July’s most popular entertainment special will feature performances from the nation’s hottest musical acts.

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Macy’s 4th of July NYC 2016 Fireworks Viewing Spots and Barges

(Map from 2015, but 2016 viewing spots are the same)

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Viewing Spots

View the Fireworks Live Over the East River:
America’s most explosive party will take place from two locations on the East River in midtown and within the South Street Seaport historic district. The fireworks may be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River.

The public viewing sections will be the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:

From Houston to Midtown – Houston, 23rd, 34th, 42nd

From Lower Manhattan – Broad St, Old Slip Upper Level, Pearl & Frankfort, Vietnam Memorial Park

ADA viewing area: FDR Drive Southbound Lane at 16th St & Avenue C or 34th Street

For Brooklyn and Queens locations and other spectator tips, see Macy’s.

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Rooftop Restaurants with July 4th Fireworks Parties:

(pending 2016 updates)

  • Riverview Restaurant & Lounge – Long Island City
    Riverview, which has one the best Manhattan skyline views, especially of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River (probably ALL of the fireworks), is offering standard open bar and a four-star buffet from 6-9 pm and top-shelf open bar 6-10pm for $170 per guest (plus tax & tip). After the fireworks, at 10 pm, get dancing with a DJ and cash bar. More info: www.riverviewny.com
  • Fourth of July Fireworks at Brooklyn Grange
  • Riverpark’s 4th of July BBQ Bash

NYC Insider Tip: Back in the 90s, when the fireworks were launched from the same barges as those that will be from 23rd to 37th Streets this year, I worked on the 71st Floor of the Empire State Building, and we had FANTASTIC VIEWS of the fireworks.

More Info: July 4th at the Empire State Building.

Who Does NOT Have a View of the Fireworks?

In researching some other posts online, I was wary of the information NON New Yorkers were providing, such as, "to see NYC fireworks this year, the restaurant or upper floors of the Andaz Wall Street would be a good option." – thepointsguy

This is completely incorrect as the Andaz Hotel Rooms do NOT have views of the Brooklyn Bridge (BB), and the restaurant is on the ground floor, with about 100 buildings between it and the BB. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the BB, but you will not see the fireworks from the hotel.

Another old (and now incorrect) article – Best Hotels to View New York City Fireworks. I’ve tried to email USA Today to tell them, but their form doesn’t work.

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July 4th Barbecue & Fireworks Vacation Package 2016 On Sale Now!

NYC July 4th Fireworks Vacation Package

Check out this great NYC July 4th Barbecue & Fireworks Cruise Vacation Package customized by local NYC vacation experts.

The package includes hotel, an exclusive outdoor BBQ over Broadway, 4th of July Macy’s Fireworks Display Boat Cruise, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock (or many other choices) and much more.

Customize your NYC Vacation package any way you want to make the most of your NYC trip – the choices are endless. The July 4th Barbecue & Fireworks Cruise Vacation Package Includes:

  • Accommodations for 2 nights or longer at a quality Manhattan hotel
  • July 4th Barbecue over Broadway
  • Macy’s Fireworks Cruise with light dinner buffet, soft drinks and DJ (NYC Insider Tip: The BEST views of the fireworks are from the water)
  • Guided Sightseeing Tour of Manhattan

The best part is they do ALL the planning for you and let you customize your trip exactly the way you want! Plus, you’ll have all your tickets and itineraries in hand before you visit!

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