You could join the crowds lining the East River, or you could elevate yourself and relax with a camera in one hand and a drink in the other at one of NYC’s heavenly rooftop bars. There are plenty of rooftop spots on Manhattan’s East Side, Brooklyn and Queens to watch the show.
Prepare to dig deep into your wallet, since this will not be a NYC on the Cheap experience. Reservations run in the elevated neighborhood of $150 per person, and more.
Macy’s has not identified the exact locations of the 2021 fireworks barges, so this is our best guess for best views from rooftop bars, based on the location of the barges in past years.
This outdoor space covers the entire roof at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. You get your own “pod” for your group, with an unrestricted view a few blocks north to the Brooklyn Bridge and further up the East River, and south almost to the Statue of Liberty.
We say unrestricted view, because we are assuming The Greens is removing their huge outdoor movie screen which blocks most of the view to the north.
This hotel on the Lower East Side has views of the East River.
- 171 Ludlow Street
Hotel 50 Bowery
The Crown Rooftop at Hotel 50 Bowery, one of NYC’s newest hotels, offers s 360-degree view to celebrate and watch the fireworks with a clear view of the fireworks and city, downtown to Brooklyn to Midtown.
- 50 Bowery, NY, NY 10013
That’s the name of the rooftop bar, and its address.
Okay, this is in Midtown, but its central location offers great views, both East to the East River and the fireworks, and also west to the Hudson River and New Jersey.
There’s no rooftop bar, but if you book a room on floor 40 or higher, and specify a view to the East, you’ll get a fireworks view.
- 55 Church Street, NY, NY 10007 (Financial District)
New York City’s highest outdoor sky deck is a firecracker’s throw from the Hudson River, but its height gives it an edge (pardon the pun) for views of the fireworks on the other side of Manhtttan.
The 1,100-foot-high observation is hosting a 4th of July celebration for $250 per person, which includes three glasses of champagne or sparkling tea, a personalized photo book, unlimited popcorn, and music from a string quartet made of members of The Met Orchestra.
Ticket information here.
- 30 Hudson Yards, Hudson Yards
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Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks from Brooklyn Rooftop Bars
Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge offers unparalleled views of the New York City skyline, is hosting a Macy’s Fireworks viewing party on July 4th.
- 60 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY
The Ides Rooftop Bar at the Wythe Hotel
The Ides will open at 7:30pm for a ticketed entry ($25) for access to the bar and fireworks display at 9:00pm.
Fill up while they grill house-made sausages, along with German potato salad which will be available to accompany cold beers and sparkling rosé (all for purchase).
- 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)
The 22nd-floor rooftop bar of The William Vale, boasts unparalleled East River and skyline views.
The hotel is holding two events, one on Saturday with live music, and a second on Sunday, with a set from DJ Tennis, Carlita, De Roos, and Old City.
Tickets for the 4th of July event start at $150, without a table or food or drinks. Table reservations start at $350 per person. Details here.
- 111 North 12 Street, Williamsburg
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks from Queens Rooftop Bars
Z Hotel Long Island City
This is one of the few family-friendly rooftop bar celebrations.