Northern lights! Fireworks move to Greenpoint this year

Bursing in air: This year, the best view of the rockets’ red glare will not be in Brooklyn Heights, where this photo was taken in 2016, but in Williamsburg and Greendpoint.
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Get ready to get lit!

This year’s Fourth of July fireworks display will be the biggest yet — but it will also be the least visible for Brooklynites! Macy’s plans to explode more than 60,000 pyrotechics over the East River, but this year’s bangs will launch from barges parked on the river near the Brooklyn–Queens borders — not near the Brooklyn Bridge, as in past years. So the best viewing spots have shifted to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and you will need to plan to get a good view! So we have charted some of the best spots to catch the show, whether you are on a champagne or picnic blanket budget.

Smoke on the water

The floating Greenpoint bar Brooklyn Barge will host a huge bash for America’s birthday, offering four different party price points for getting up next to the fireworks. You can sit right out on the water with the blasts with a $250 ticket to the barge, watch from a picnic table for $150, or hang out in its garden for $100 — all these options including a lobster dinner and open bar from 7–11 pm. Or grab a $50 spot at the land-locked bar, which will also get you killer views and two drink tickets.

The Brooklyn Barge [97 West St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (929) 337–7212]. $50–$250.

Free parking

Right next door to Brooklyn Barge is a free alternative — Transmitter Park! You can lay down a blanket on the waterfront lawn, pop open some drinks, and enjoy the show. You won’t have to pay entry, but make sure to arrive early to reserve a place.

Transmitter Park (West St. between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Street in Greenpoint). Free.

Spreading out

Slightly further south you can stake out some space at East River State Park, a river-adjacent green space three times the size of its northerly neighbor. The views are sure to be spectacular, and you can stop at Oddfellows Ice Cream shop down the road to stock up.

East River State Park (90 Kent Ave. between N. Seventh and Ninth streets in Williamsburg). Free.

Outback up top

The Australian restaurant Northern Territory will host a rooftop soiree for those looking to celebrate this country’s birth while appreciating its immigrant culture. The roof offers some of the best views around — tickets are $60 and drinks are extra, but there are sure to be plenty of specials.

Northern Territory [12 Franklin St. at Meserole Avenue in Greenpoint, (347) 689–4065,]. $60.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

stan chaz from Greenpoint says:
It's unbelievable!
It's incredible!!
It's amazing!!!
The so-called "Broooklyn Paper" has actually used the word "Greenpoint". And in a headline too!
This, in reference to a part of the borough of Brooklyn that you never ever cover.
Please be honest Brooklyn Paper ---and change the name of your paper (and website) to:
"The Anything But Northern Brooklyn Paper".
June 27, 2017, 4:42 pm

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