NYC’s Finest 4th of July Spots

4th of July

By Sage Lazzaro

America is turning 240. Where will you celebrate?

Whether you’re looking for a bumpin’ rooftop party or the perfect park view for the fireworks show, we have you covered. We rounded up the best of both so you can spend less time planning and more time celebrating the USA’s big day.

Where to Party:


8-08 Queens Plaza South

Penthouse808 in Long Island City is bringing together all of the July 4th musts with a BBQ rooftop party and an unbeatable view of the fireworks. They’re making the night easy, too: food is included in the $65 ticket, and if you want to enjoy the night without worrying about your tab, a $100 ticket will get you access to the two-hour open bar. The festivities start at 3 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. Get your tickets here.

Surf City

1 Marin Boulevard

If you want to feel the sand between your toes this 4th of July but could do without the hassle and expenses of traveling, Surf City is the spot for you. Situated on a sandy beach with fire pits, the Jersey City restaurant offers al fresco waterfront dining, three indoor and outdoor bars, and four dining decks. It also has a great view of the river, which means you can enjoy seafood favorites like paella, lobster mac and cheese, crab legs, and oysters while watching the fireworks show. Best of all, there’s no cover!

Mr. Purple

180 Orchard Street

Popular LES restaurant Mr. Purple is throwing a rooftop fete you won’t forget. There will be a DJ, a traditional Sabrett hot dog stand, an amazing view of the fireworks, and even open access to Hotel Indigo’s pool. And of course, buckets of Budweiser AMERICA beers are the special at $30. General admission tickets are $50 and table packages start at $150. Buy them here.

Penthouse at the Hotel on Rivington

107 Rivington Street

For $100 at this rooftop bar, you can enjoy an open bar, a gourmet buffet and a 360-degree panoramic view of East River and the Macy’s fireworks show. Get your tickets here to wine, dine, and dance from 7 p.m. until midnight.

House of Yes

2 Wyckoff Ave

If you’d rather stick to straight partying than watch the fireworks, head over to House of Yes, the Brooklyn hot spot joining forces with Might Get Weird for a 12-hour July 4th blowout featuring eight musical acts, along with special guests. The food is TBD, but we can assure you the alcohol will be flowing. It’s free, but RSVP here.

Where to Watch:

Catch prime views of the Macy’s Fireworks Show at these places:


FDR Drive — Midtown (entry points at Houston, 23rd, 34th, and 42nd streets)

FDR Drive — lower Manhattan (entry points at Broad Street’s ground level, Old Slip’s upper level, and Pearl and Frankfort streets)

South Street Seaport — FiDi


WNYC Transmitter Park — Greenpoint

Brooklyn Bridge Park — Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights Promenade — Brooklyn Heights

Grand Ferry Park — Williamsburg

East River State Park — Williamsburg


Gantry Plaza State Park — Long Island City