A guide to the best spots to catch the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, taking place on the East River this year. (Published Thursday, Jul 3, 2014)
After 5 years on the Hudson River, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular returns to the East River, so it's time to reexamine and improve some dusty old viewing strategies.
For those who want to watch from the comfort of home, the fireworks spectacular will be broadcast on NBC 4 New York at 8 p.m.
To the delight of Brooklyn and Queens residents, Macy's will have three barges by the Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport. Check out the best places to watch:
You'll find excellent views at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
Montgomery and South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street)
Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) and Wagner Place (viewing both North and South of the Brooklyn Bridge)
Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street (viewing between Heliport and South side of Brooklyn Bridge)
ADA Viewing: Murray Bergtraum High School track and field facility, at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Entrances at Market and Cherry
RESTAURANTS AND BARS:
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory - DUMBO
For $150 per person, customers will be seated at a table with a buffet and soft drinks from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. A tent will be set up on the pier by the shop giving the audience a front-row seat to the firework display.
Beekman Beer Garden - South Street Seaport
Tickets are still on sale for Beekman Beer Garden's Independence Day party. $95
Zona Rosa - Williamsburg
The restaurant in Williamsburg has a greenhouse-like rooftop that has a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. For the 4th of July, the restaurant will seat customers on a first come, first serve basis.
Hotel Z - Long Island City
Tickets are still on sale for the Z Hotel Roof Top Red White and View. Prices are $166.03 for adults and $66.56 for kids. The swank hotel will have a picnic starting at 3:00 p.m. and rooftop access for the show.
Sonny’s Soda Shoppe - SoHo
The Mondrian Hotel still has tickets on sale for its 4th of July party at Sonny’s Soda Shoppe. For $175 per person, guests can view the East River show from a private rooftop. Guest arrive between 4 and 6 p.m. will enjoy complimentary Peroni, pizzas and gelato.
Berry Park- Williamsburg
Because it’s first come, first serve with no cover, lines can get long to get into this rooftop bar, but $5 drink specials from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. are well worth it.
New York Water Taxi- South Street Seaport
The New York Water Taxi has two special packages for Independence Day. The first package for $225 departs from Pier 45, Hudson River Park and includes hors d’oeuvres, buffet, desserts, soft drinks and a cash bar. The second package on the Zephyr costs $325, departs from Pier 25 with a buffet and cash bar. Both packages last three and a half hours and board at 7:15 p.m..
Spirit Cruises - Chelsea
For $399.90 per person, customers can enjoy an up-close view of the firework spectacular from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy a dinner buffet, DJ’s for the dance floor and probably most importantly -- a premium open bar.