Best places to watch the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC 2024

Independence Day is on Thursday, July 4, and there's no better place to celebrate than New York City.

Take advantage of all the city has to offer this Fourth of July: breathtaking views, parades, performances, food, and of course fireworks.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

The fireworks will launch from the Hudson River for the first time in 10 years. 

New Jersey will also finally have the chance of getting the perfect view for the fireworks show in parts of Hoboken and Jersey City.

Here's a list of where to watch the fireworks:

Celebrate at the Edge

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 20: People watch the sunrise from the Edge observation deck at Hudson Yards on the first day of spring on March 20, 2021 in New York City. The Vernal equinox, also known as the March equinox marks the beginning of spring in

Hudson Yards is hosting a FREE viewing party for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The show will take place at Public Square and Gardens, where you can watch the fireworks show along the Hudson River, view the live broadcast on the 30-foot Big Screen, and keep the party going and a live DJ from iHeart Radio.

Smorgasburg at The Shed at Hudson Yards

Before the fireworks stop by Smorgasburg at The Shed at Hudson Yards, from 11 am - 6 pm. 

Try out 30 vendors such as BiBi Bakery, Black Rican Vegan, Red Hook Lobster Pounds, and new businesses including 88 Coffee Company, Hibiscus Brew, and Kalihi.

The Shops & Restaurants also feature special July 4th offers and menus.

Verano, the fast-casual Mexcian restaurant in the Public Square and Gardens, will host a ticketed event with an open bar from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. 

For a VIP experience, watch the fireworks show at Edge, the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere.

Edge has arguably one of the best vantage points of the city and fireworks.

Tickets include a glass of champagne (or a non-alcoholic drink), one barbecue food item and live music.

For more information visit

One World Observatory

JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 24: Fireworks explode in front of the skyline of lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City during a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of Liberty House in Liberty State Park on August 24, 2022, in Jers

New York’s tallest building, One World Trade Center, is selling tickets to see the fireworks from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday. 

Tickets start around $70. Tickets include a $15 voucher to the gift shop and café, and cash bars during the event.

Magic Hour Rooftop Time Square

Credit: Dan Nilsen

Spend the night at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Times Square on July 4th weekend. 

Magic Hour will be hosting its "Red, White, & Booze" weekend with beverage specials starting Thursday through the weekend and will be offering brunch Friday through Sunday from 11:30am-3:00pm. 

Drink specials include:

  • $50 Rose Magnums
  • $65 Chandon Brut Magnums
  • $80 Summer Water Rose Buckets (6 bottles)
  • $10 Beeritas
  • $5 Frozen Marg Shooters
  • $50 Frozen Marg Shot trees (6 shots) topped with Red White & Boozy Cherries

Fireworks at SUMMIT

Image 1 of 2

Silhouetted people watch the sunset from Summit One Vanderbilt as part of the first year that it’s open on July 4th, 2022 in New York City. This was the first year Summit One Vanderbilt was open to the public giving spectators a view of the fireworks over the Manhattan and Brooklyn skyline from above 1000 feet in the air. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/ Getty Images)

Take in some of the city's best views in the ‘mind-bending’ space of SUMMIT while you watch the fireworks over the Hudson.

From 1,100 feet above Manhattan, you'll get access to all three SUMMIT floors from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., two premium drinks, panoramic views of the sunset.

Tickets start at $325 and you must be over 21 to attend. For more information visit

NYC 4th of July cruises

Spectators gather on boats in the East River ahead of the fireworks display on in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Watching fireworks from the top of a skyscraper is one thing but watching from the harbor provides a front row seat to the light show. 

Event Cruises NYC offers four different cruises on July 4th that range from $99 to $309. 

The buffet brunch cruise offers a midday ride with bottomless mimosas, private table seating and a live DJ.

To see the fireworks, choose from two cruise options: the fireworks cruise or the premier dinner cruise. Both options offer over three hours of sailing, open bar, private seating and a live DJ.

For more information or where to buy tickets visit

The Highlight Room

Credit: Michael Kleinberg

The Highlight Room offers the perfect vantage point to witness this historic display with unparalleled views over the Hudson.

Perched 16 stories above the Lower East Side this spot combines breathtaking panoramic views with stand out cocktails and gourmet bites. 

A glass wall spans the entire width of the bar, folding back to allow access to the outdoor terrace, where guests can take in the iconic firework display illuminating the skyline in the nation’s largest Independence Day celebration.

Free public viewing areas 

Spectators gather at Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens to watch the Macy's fireworks display. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

There will be entry points with elevated public viewing available at these locations, capacity is limited:


  • 1st Avenue and East 42nd Street
  • 1st Avenue and East 34th Street
  • 1st Avenue and East 20th Street


  • Gantry Plaza State Park


  • Transmitter Park
  • Newton Barge Playground
  • Marsha P. Johnson State Park

Macy's fireworks entry points

Entry points for the public are:

  • Christopher Street and Washington Street
  • West 11th Street and Washington Street
  • West 12th Street and Washington Street
  • West 29th Street and 11th Avenue
  • West 40th Street and 11th Avenue