Where To Watch This Year's 4th of July Fireworks

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The talented folks behind the hotly anticipated Macy’s Fourth of July live fireworks spectacular happening next Thursday evening have provided a detailed guide to the prime Manhattan spots for watching the night sky light up. Read on to get the scoop on official viewing points–and some unofficial favorites–and use the interactive map to make sure you’re in the right place when the pyrotechnics start at the Brooklyn Bridge.

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The map includes subway information and directions and specifies which areas are handicapped accessible. This year’s patriotic light show will be launched from four barges stationed along the East River between Broad Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. You can locate entry points for prime viewing spots on the map. As fireworks veterans know, space is limited, so plan ahead and arrive early.

The map includes neighborhood guides so you’ll have a list of things to do and see once the show is over. The main event site provides all the info you need including times, rules and regs.

As any New Yorker knows, there are plenty of “unofficial” viewing spots, but the show’s launch location changes from year to year, so make sure your favorite rooftop still has a clear view of the action. Time-tested locations for this year’s show include Brooklyn Bridge Park (see the map above for which sections will be open to the public) and the rooftop at Brooklyn Bridge Park restaurant ForninoOne World Observatory and Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens. Rooftop access tends to come with steep ticket prices, so check before you go.

If you’re hoping to hit the water to watch the ‘works, Circle LineAmerican PrincessCapital Princess and New York Water Taxi are offering fireworks cruises setting sail from Manhattan, Brooklyn IVNautical Princess and Freedom Cruises sail from Brooklyn and Island Current Fleet sets sail from City Island (h/t Mommy Poppins).

For a list of great buildings in Manhattan to watch the ‘works, look no further than CityRealty’s top 10 lists.