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One of the best times to visit New York City is on the 4th of July. The entire city comes together to celebrate the nation’s birthday. You will find parties and celebrations throughout the boroughs in the week leading up to the 4th. However, the biggest and best parties are on the evening of the 4th. These are the best places for celebrating and watching the 4th of July fireworks in NYC. 

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks



The most iconic fireworks display in New York City is the one by Macy’s. The first fireworks display was put on in 1976. For the 48th annual display and for the first time in over a decade, the fireworks display will be over the Hudson River. In past years, it has been located on the East River. Spectators can look forward to thousands of firework shells with different colors, features, and designs. This one of a kind show will be full of vibrant colors and synced to music. The display is on Thursday July 4th, 2024, from 8 to 11 pm. 

Public Viewing Locations 

For those wanting the best views of the 4th of July fireworks in NYC, there are several official public viewing areas throughout the city. There will be official viewing locations between West 14th and West 34th streets as well as Hoboken, Weehawken and West New York in New Jersey. Plan to get their early to claim your spot. Many people hang out for the day and have picnics or BBQs. Macy’s will release more information about the public viewing locations as it gets closer to July 4th. 

Empire State Building 



Experience the NYC Macy’s fireworks from the best seat in the city, on the 108th floor of the Empire State Building. From 9 to 10 pm, attendees will enjoy a premium open bar and gourmet bites. Stand out on the observation deck and enjoy sweeping views of the city. 

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt 




The SUMMIT One Vanderbilt experience is one that is breathtaking during the day. Visiting during the 4th of July is an experience unlike any other. Tickets will give attendees access to all three levels of the experience. Enjoy views of the entire city reflected in the 1,215 mirrors for a fully immersive experience. From 7:30 to 10:30 pm you can dance the night away as you celebrate.

One World Observatory 

Enjoy an exclusive event that will elevate your 4th of July in NYC. Purchase tickets and enjoy drinks and lite bites at ONE Dine on floor 101. In past years, there have been multiple packages available to customzie your experience. More details about the event and ticket options will become available as it gets closer to the 4th. The event will take place from 8 pm to 11 pm. 

Fireworks Harbor Cruise 


Enjoy the 4th of July in NYC from the water by purchasing tickets to one of the many harbor cruises. There are several options available depending on your budget and the type of celebration you are looking for. Many will offer live music on board, food, drinks, open bar, and party favors. From upscale affairs with five star food and champaign to laid back afairs with hot tubs and beers, you will find the perfect party on the water. 

Celebrate the 4th of July in NYC 


Seeing the 4th of July fireworks in NYC is an experience you will never forget. The warm summer air, the vibrant lights, stunning fireworks displays, and the lively energy from the people will be an experience you will never forget. Book your stay and then plan your evening by attending one of these 4th of July experiences in NYC. 

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