Where to watch the fireworks on July 4th

Crowds fill up Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch fireworks light up the night sky on July 4.
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It will be a blast!

Fourth of July is almost here and Macy’s will again launch its display of colorful fireworks on the East River, giving Brooklyn the best view of the pyrotechnics. Make a plan early so you can pick the perfect spot along the water to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave.

America’s front yard

Pack up a blanket and picnic basket and grab a spot on the grass at Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch the rockets’ red glare light up the sky. Pier 1, Pier 6, and Pier 5’s promenade will be open to the public, but be sure you head over early — all local streets will close to cars at 4 pm. Enter through Old Fulton and Furman streets, Joralemon and Furman streets, or Old Dock and Furman streets.

Brooklyn Bridge Park [334 Furman St. in Dumbo, (718) 222–9939,]. Free.

Prominent spot

Right above Brooklyn Bridge Park is the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, which will offer some of the best views in the borough. Spots along the skyline walkway will fill up quick, and police will block the entrances to avoid overcrowding, so stake out your bench as early as you can.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade [Enter at Montague Street at Montague Terrace, or along Columbia Heights between Pierrepont Place and Cranberry Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 722–3214,]. Free.

Stars and stripes

Head on over to Northern Territory in Greenpoint for an eyeful — and earful — of the fireworks. The patriotic pyrotechnic display is so close to the bar’s rooftop, you may have to cover your ears. The bar, though Australian, will show its love for all 50 states with red, white, and blue drinks and a special menu filled with American grub. The 200-person rooftop fills up quickly, and the bar will abandon its usual reservation system for a first-come, first-served policy, so get there before the sun goes down.

Northern Territory [12 Franklin St. between Meserole Avenue and N. 15th Street in Greenpoint, (347) 689–4065,]. $40.

Cuatro de Julio

If you crave Mexican food while you celebrate America’s independence day, reserve a spot on Alma’s rooftop bar near the waterfront, where the fireworks are sure to illuminate the skyline. The restaurant offers a prix fixe menu on its main floor for $50 — but you’ll want to splurge for the roof, at $75. For that price, you will get a three-course meal and unbeatable views.

Alma [187 Columbia St. between Degraw and Sackett streets in the Columbia Waterfront District, (718) 643-5400,].$50–$75.

All day and all night

Williamsburg’s McCarren Hotel and Pool will host a rooftop fireworks party with a fancy raw bar and DJs Sleepy and Boo spinning live sets. A general admission ticket for $25 will get you into the bar, with a view of fireworks out of its retractable roof. And for $75, you can get to head up to the terrace for passed food, a champagne toast, and panoramic views of the East River as the fireworks fall into the water.

McCarren Hotel and Pool (160 N. 12th St. between Bedford and Berry, (718) 218–7500, $25–$75. 7 pm to midnight.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Now, I'm not looking to start any trouble here, but I do have a little "food for thought" (though I would not try to eat it) that I would like to share, if you don't mind:

1. Wouldn't it be nice to have one day without explosions?

2. Wouldn't it be ironic if that day were to be, indeed, the Forth of July? (Just think of the ending of TV's "Jaws")

and C. Fireworks are dangerous and not very good for the eyes and ears of Man, Woman, and "other".

Thank you in advance for taking this under consideration.
John Wasserman
June 29, 2016, 5:12 pm
Barbara from Midwood says:
Thanks for the information
June 30, 2016, 1:50 am
Zaxby says:
No one cares for your comments Wasserman, except maybe the staff at BP.
July 1, 2016, 10:10 am
Vernecya from Brooklyn says:
Thamk you im new to brooklyn and didn't know where to go.
July 3, 2016, 6:38 pm

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