Where to Watch the Fireworks This Fourth of July

You’ll want to get in on this view!  Image: Brooklyn Barge/Instagram

We’re one week away from hamburgers, sparklers, and rooftop fireworks. With the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show barges in the East River, literally between the northern tip of Greenpoint and Long Island City (where they properly should be!), our waterfront and rooftops are going to be prime viewing. If you don’t have a private rooftop to your avail, a few of our favorite places are going to be hosting parties, some complete with special menus and poppin’ bottles. But you better act fast as all expect to sell out!

Brooklyn Barge | 3 Milton St
With easily one of the best views, The Brooklyn Barge is going all out with a DJ and four different levels of tickets for the evening’s festivities. The $250 ticket for a seat on the Barge includes a lobster dinner and an open bar. $200 gets you a seat at one of their picnic tables + dinner and open bar, while it’s $150 for a spot in the “Garden District.” At $50, you get a Standing Room admission, with two drink tickets and popcorn.

Image: Northern Territory

Northern Territory | 12 Franklin St
The rooftop will be open for one and all! Except you’ll probably need to get there on the earlier side. They’ll open it up at 4 pm, and it’ll be $60 (cash only!) for entry, first come, first served. They will have a full bar and menu with various drink specials including Americana-themed frozen cocktails and jello shots.

The William Vale | 111 North 12th Street
Vale Park: If you’ve headed up the outdoor stairs at The William Vale, you’d be familiar with Vale Park and Mister Dips. For the holiday, the park will open at 7 pm to the night’s ticketholders. The $17.76 admission allows you can grab a seat on the lawn, but burgers from Mister Dips is all on you.

Westlight: Upstairs at the Westlight is a different story. They’ll have BABËL for entertainment and have a variety of ticket options. There are the simple $60, $70, and $85 tickets that come with buffet dinner, or you can go crazy with a table. Those range from $600 for two people to $8000 for 20, and each comes dinner and booze. Poppin’ bottles indeed. (as of 6/29, the $60 and $70 tickets have sold out.)

The new North BK Farms lawn

North Brooklyn Farms | 320 Kent Avenue
North BK Farms is having a great low-key party. Adults get in for $20, $10 for kids, and you can enjoy an a la carte menu from Greenpoint Fish & Lobster along with beer from Bluepoint Brewing. Or for $65, you can get a whole dinner of a half lobster straight from the shores of Maine, sweet corn, potatoes, handmade sausages & East Coast Littleneck clams.

Of course, if all of these are out of your reach, or maybe you just want to picnic in the park, your best bets for viewing will probably be Transmitter Park and East River Park. At Transmitter, the actual pier will probably be closed for safety, but at least the lawn is open and lush again!

About Siobhan Wallace

Siobhan Wallace is a freelance writer & editor. She co-founded the food blog Blondie & Brownie in 2008 and co-authored "New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks" (Running Press, 2013).

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