This is going to be a blast.
Macy’s annual Fourth of July fireworks will light up the Big Apple tomorrow—but not all viewing spots are created equal.
A spectacular 25-minute display of 48,000 shells will blow five barges across the East River from 9:25 pm on Monday.
Here are eight of the best free spots to see the pyrotechnical magic Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens do.
Marsha P. Johnson State Park
Formerly known as East River State Park, this 11-acre park in Williamsburg stretches along the East River near North 7th Street. Take in the views of the Williamsburg Bridge and Midtown Manhattan during fireworks.
90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
East River Esplanade
This elevated waterfront lookout sits opposite Hunter Point, Queens and offers a charming vantage point of fireworks unmatched in Manhattan.
FDR Drive, Murray Hill, between East 36th and East 41st Streets
Sutton Place Park
Watch fireworks explode over large views of Roosevelt Island and Long Island City, including the Queensboro Bridge, from this small park.
Enter Sutton Place between East 56th and East 57th Streets
Bushwick Inlet Park
This waterfront greenspace in Williamsburg stretches along the East River between North 9th and 12th Streets, with plenty of bars and restaurants.
Enter on Kent Avenue between North Ninth and North 12th Streets, Williamsburg
Stuyvesant Cove Park
This 2-acre park offers spectacular views of Queens and Brooklyn as they are lit by fireworks. It offers unobstructed views of the action just a few blocks south.
24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East Between 18th & 23rd Streets, Gramercy Park
Gantry Plaza State Park
This 12-acre “riverside oasis” in Queens offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building, according to the city.
4-09 47th Road, Long Island City, Queens
This patch of land in Greenpoint features an open lawn, plenty of seating – and a waterfront esplanade with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. For best visibility, get there early and leave at the piers.
End of Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint
Andrew Haswell Green Park
The East Side waterfront nook along the pavilion has views of fireworks as they climb the Queensboro Bridge.
East 60th Street and FDR Drive, Midtown East