Fireworks displays in Coney Island and in Jersey City also are a tradition, and also draw crowds who ooh and aah at the bright lights bursting in air.
Here’s your complete guide to both.
It’s a tradition. It’s visible from the Boardwalk.
Coney Island’s 4th of July fireworks are only the start.
Starting Friday, July 9th and every Friday through Labor Day Weekend, there will also be the traditional Friday Night Fireworks.
This marks another milestone for Coney island and for New York City, said said Alexandra Silversmith, executive director of the Alliance for Coney Island, at a press conference on the historic Riegelmann Boardwalk.
“Twenty-three months since our last fireworks show, which is hard to believe, we are grateful to be able to bring these events back and can’t wait to see the smiling faces on the boardwalk,” she added.
After a pause on the show last year, New Jersey’s largest fireworks display returns to the Jersey City waterfront in 2021. Since it’s on the Hudson River, the pyrotechnics will be visible both from the West Side of Manhattan and from New Jersey.
Since the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are on the East River, the Jersey City event on the Hudson is not competing for views.
In past years, Jersey City 4th of July fireworks attracted nearly 15,000 people, thanks in large part to big-name concert acts such as Jersey City’s own Kool and the Gang (2017), Snoop Dogg (2018), Pitbull (2019), and local native Akon.
To manage crowds in these post-Pandemic days, this year’s event will not feature a performance component.“Since we revived Jersey City’s Fourth of July event in 2013, we’ve become a destination for the annual celebration, and I think it’s important to restore those traditions for residents and visitors to have something to look forward to,” said Jersey City Mayor Fulop.
On-site visitors also can enjoy the Jersey City Night Market, an open-air food market, as well as artisan crafts, music, and of course, a free front-row seat to the fireworks display.
Best Viewing Spots in NYC for Jersey City Fireworks
Anywhere along the Hudson River below 14th Street will offer a spectacular view of the fireworks spectacular.
NYCOTCs Recommendations are:
- The High Line
- Little Island
- Battery Park
- Pier 25, Hudson River Park
- Pier 26, Hudson River Park
- Pier 40, Hudson River Park
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
Rooftop Bars in Jersey City
The views at the Rooftop at Exchange Place are impressive year-round.
Situated directly on the Jersey City waterfront, the bar features two levels of outdoor space: the terrace and the rooftop.
For $125, dinner on the terrace comes with a three-course pre-fixe and a glass of wine or champagne. Rooftop views (and an open bar) will cost $150 for general admission, with $200 for VIP seating, and $250 for totally unobstructed views.
- 1 Exchange Place, Jersey City
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