Independence Day in New York City means fireworks, hot dogs, BBQ, beaches and picnics. This year the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration is moving back to the East River which means that residents of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan’s east side will be left out no more.
Since 2009, when the annual display moved to the Hudson, there has been public outcry amongst New Yorkers for their return to the East River and this year it comes true.
Where to see these legendary fireworks? Your very own Brooklyn of course:
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Dumbo’s gorgeous 85-acre urban playground features such unique attractions as Jane’s Carousel and riverside esplanades with gorgeous Manhattan views. This is your golden spot for the fireworks.
Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade: New Yorkers love to stroll, run or make out along this esplanade’s ⅓-mile length, and its postcard-ready views of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty make it a perfect spot for your July 4th firework viewing.
South Street Seaport: We love historic harbor South Street Seaport the most for its excellent outdoor concerts series in the summer, and it’s also home to the Seaport Museum, the country’s largest privately owned fleet of historic ships and a shopping mall. Oh, and did we mention the view of the fireworks?
Berry Park: This bi-level behemoth beer hall has a 3,500-square-foot ground floor and a roof deck almost as large. You may have to crane your neck a tad to see the fireworks, but other amenities that might make up for it: a 13-foot-wide screen dedicated to soccer and a beer-friendly food menu.