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 are scheduled in 2019 to be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge.

In prior years, fireworks were also displayed from midtown, but in 2019 they are scheduled to be launched only from the Brooklyn Bridge and Pier 17.

Make sure to check sightseeing and holiday hours for Thursday, July 4, 2019. Add your event to the July 4th in NYC Events Activities calendar.

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Hotels & Rooftops – Rooms and Roofs with Views

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NYC Insider Tip – Best Place to See Fireworks?

Personally, I think the BEST view of the 2019 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.

Not sure if the fireworks will be on the East Side or West Side? Over the Brooklyn Bridge or not? A cruise has a view of the fireworks no matter what changes the city makes at the last minute.

A hotel with a roof deck is also a great option. The 2019 fireworks will definitely be held over the Brooklyn Bridge and Pier 17 (South Street Seaport).

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Rooftops, Hotels, Restaurants with Views of 4th of July NYC 2019 Fireworks

July 4th Fireworks at Park South Hotel

2019 Update – The following hotels provide views of the Brooklyn Bridge 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.’

  • Discount Rates: Millenium Hilton
  • 55 Church Street, NY, NY 10007 (Financial District)

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"

  • Discount Rates: Trump SoHo
  • 246 Spring St, (at Varick St) (SoHo)

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!’

  • Discount Rates: Best Western Plus Seaport Inn
  • 33 Peck Slip, NY, NY 10038 (South Street Seaport)
  • Note: This hotel has very mixed reviews – read carefully.

Z Hotel Long Island City – Join Z Hotel for their family-friendly all inclusive Red, White and View Package, including food, drinks with KILLER views of the Fireworks and Brooklyn Bridge!

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).

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

2019 Update: The following hotels provided views of the Midtown East Fireworks and may or may not provide Brooklyn Bridge Views in 2019:

Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park – ‘we were given a room on the 64th floor! Looking out of the window the Rockefeller building was in front of us, Times Square to the right and Central Park to the left. We even watched the 4th of July fireworks from our room’

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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"

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  • 25 Cooper Square, NY, NY 10003 (East Village)
  • 4th of July Crab Boil – Celebrate the 4th of July with us at Narcissa with a festive Blue Crab Boil on the terrace! 12-9pm.

Hotel Indigo – ‘The room was large, and had a great view towards the east and the south, giving wonderful views of the July 4th fireworks. The hotel is in the heart of things, with the bars and restaurants of the LES all a short walk way.’

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  • 171 Ludlow Street, NY, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

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!

Hotel 50 Bowery – The Crown Rooftop at Hotel 50 Bowery, one of NYC’s newest hotels, is Lower East Manhattan’s most spectacular 360-degree view to celebrate and watch the fireworks with a clear view of the fireworks and city, downtown to Brooklyn to Midtown.

The Box House Hotel Rooftop – Join us on our rooftop for the perfect view of the Macy’s fireworks!! Live DJ, Games, Local Food Vendors, Drinks.

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’ (photo above)

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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. Plus, it doesn’t matter where the fireworks are – you’ll always have a front row spot! Book your 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.

Classic Harbor July 4th Fireworks Cruises

Classic Harbor July 4th Fireworks Boat Cruises

Classic Harbor cruises offers a choice of at least 5 different July 4th Fireworks cruises. All five of Classic Harbor’s cruises are Ages 21+ and generally range around $400-$500 per ticket. Each cruise or sail will have some light fare and an open bar for you to enjoy. Highlights of the 5 boat options:

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise Luxury Yacht Manhattan II

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Fourth of July Sail Schooner America 2.0

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Fourth of July Sail Schooner Adirondack

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Fourth of July Cruise Yacht Kingston

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  • Manhattan II – largest, most spacious and luxurious vessel. The glassed in, climate-controlled cabin and open bow offers guests plenty of room to walk around and enjoy the different views of the harbor and fireworks show. This is the most elegant of the cruises and has the most food.
  • Yacht Manhattan – a smaller version of Manhattan II, still with an elegant feel, drinks served in real glasses, crew walks around with hors d’ oeuvres.
  • Schooner America 2.0 Sailboat – more laid back than the Yachts, heavy passed hors d’oeuvres. Guests tend to find a seat and hang out for the duration of the cruise, while the crew comes to them for beverage service.
  • Schooner Adirondack Sailboat – similar to above, slightly lighter food fair.
  • Yacht Kingston – smallest and most intimate of the vessels, an enclosed cabin with large windows as well as an open bow. Light hors d’ oeuvres served.

Reserve your Fourth of July Fireworks cruise soon, these sell out every single year before the end of June.

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July 4th Family-Friendly Fireworks Cruises

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On Sale: Circle Line: 4th of July Evening Cruise

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On Sale: July 4th Macy’s Fireworks Family Friendly Festive Boat

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On Sale: NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise and Sightseeing Tour

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On Sale: BBQ Over Broadway & Fireworks Cruise Package

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On Sale: Statue Cruises: 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

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Circle Line: 4th of July Evening Fireworks Cruise

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

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:

NYC July 4th Fireworks Boat Cruise

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

More Info: July 4th BBQ, Tour and 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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Subway Series!!!!! NY Yankees vs. NY Mets

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July 2-3, 2019 @ CitiField

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with America’s favorite pastime, an old-fashioned hot dog and beer? Don’t miss the ultimate NYC rivalry as the Mets take on the Yankees at home.

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.

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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.

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Since most are indoor/outoor and heated, anytime of year is a great time to check into one of our New York City Hotels with Pools.

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NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

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  • The James - Heart of SoHo, Fantastic rooftop views
  • The Maritime Hotel - Hip Meatpacking District, Amazing Rooftop Cabanas

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Madame Tussauds Ghostbusters Experience

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July 4th Broadway Shows NYC 2019

July 4th is a great time to catch a Broadway show, stay out of the heat and beat the crowds. 2019 Broadway Show highlights on July 4th include: Beetlejuice, My Fair Lady, Stomp, Hillary and Clinton, Frankie & Johnny and more.

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43rd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks (2019)

Macy's NYC July 4th Fireworks

2019 Updates Pending in June
Thursday, July 4, 2019, 9:00pm

Per Macy’s Press Release: "The nation’s largest 4th of July celebration will once again ignite the night with an unparalleled barrage of dazzling effects framing the iconic New York City skyline during the 42nd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®. On Wednesday, July 4, more than 3 million live spectators along the shores of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, and more than 12 million television viewers nationwide will be amazed by a jaw-dropping display of color, shape, light and sound, celebrating Independence Day. At approximately 9:25 p.m., the first of more than 75,000 shells and effects will hit the night sky and rumble towards Macy’s famed pyrotechnic finale, marking the spectacle’s largest display since the Millennial Celebration in 2000."

"This year’s showcase will be one for the record books as we create dazzling scenes expertly timed and choreographed to a rousing and moving patriotic score featuring the West Point Band and Glee Club and the stunning voice of superstar Kelly Clarkson…to honor the 100th anniversary of God Bless America by Irving Berlin, a soaring new recording of the classic, sung by superstar Kelly Clarkson, will inspire patriotism in the hearts of millions."

Television Perfomances:
Independence Day spectators from coast-to-coast can catch all the action in the sky by tuning to NBC’s two-hour live national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT, with a one-hour encore presentation at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and 9 p.m. CT (check local listings). In addition to the pyrotechnic splendor, the 4th of July’s most popular entertainment special will feature musical performances from the nation’s premiere artists.

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Macy’s 4th of July NYC 2018 Fireworks Viewing Spots and Barges

Macys Fireworks July 4th Viewing Spots 2017

View the Fireworks Live Over the East River from anywhere in Manhattan with an unobstructed view of the East River from 23rd to 40th Streets. Please do not try and view the fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge, although you will be able to view them FROM the Brooklyn Bridge.

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

From Houston to Midtown – Houston, 18th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd

ADA viewing area (please confirm): 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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Restaurants Pending 2019 Updates

July 4th NYC Visitor Questions

Can I watch the fireworks from Central Park?

Not that I know of. There is no vantage point high enough from which to view the fireworks on the East River.

Can Trump SoHo see the see 4th of July fireworks?

Yes, the Trump SoHo hotel offers some rooms with fireworks views. I’m not sure if you can see them from the rooftop pool, so please check with the hotel. See Trump Soho Reviews above.

Can You See the Macy’s fireworks from Weehawken?

No. The current Mayor, DeBlasio, has moved the Fireworks back to the East Side of NY, so more New Yorkers can see them, including those in Queens and Brooklyn. I’ve heard “the fireworks are for New York, not Jersey.” However, I hear New Jersey does have their own fireworks display which may be an option.

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Rooftop Restaurants with July 4th Fireworks Parties:

(pending 2019 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.

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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