Brooklyn, we’re finally out of the pandemic and can celebrate this 4th of July with relative freedom (but while exercising still some measure of caution). It feels good; it feels great to be outside!

The 46th anniversary of the Macy’s light and sound extravaganza is back! A beautiful pyrotechnic show will present fireworks launched off five barges along the East River, promising Brooklynites some of the best views in the city.

This year’s display will kick of at approximately 9:25pm, with television broadcasts starting at 8:00pm.

Simultaneously, the NYPD has said fireworks will be shot off the 72nd, 86th and 103rd floors of the Empire State Building.

Where to catch the action in Brooklyn:

North Brooklyn Parks

North Brooklyn is full of waterfront parks that will make perfect vantage points for the fireworks show: Grand Ferry Park, Domino Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, East River State Park, Newton Barge Playground, Marsha P. Johnson Park and Transmitter Park will all be hot spots.

These cute little park inlets with a waterfront promenade offer an idyllic setting for catching a fireworks display. Nice grassy areas to throw out a blanket; they’re clean and offers a great view of NYC to the west and LIC to the north. The best part is they’re all free!

But be warned: They’re sure to fill up fast. if you get there late anywhere along River St, Kent Ave or Franklin St would do the trick.

Circle Line Cruises

If you want to be right in the action, there’s nowhere better to watch the fireworks than on the East River itself. Well-known tour boat company Circle Line Cruises is offering a special, 4.5-hour July 4 sailing, which will travel down to the tip of Manhattan for unbeatable views of the show. An on-boat DJ, extravagant dinner buffet, and open bar will help take the party to the next level. If you can’t manage to snag a ticket, know that Circle Line’s sister companies, La Barca and North River Lobster Company, are also offering celebratory Fourth of July cruises.

Brooklyn Hotel Parties

If you’re feeling like forking out a few dollars and getting an all-night affair with a BBQ feast (with vegan options) and music by several artists, then look no further than The Williamsburg Hotel. This year’s viewing party is sponsored by Bespoke’s Francesco Lambardo and includes: – 2 Stage Events with live DJ’s & Music – All American BBQ (vegan options available) – Spectacular views of fireworks with lower Manhattan in the background tickets are $125-$150. Doors at 6:00pm

GOSPËL and The William Vale are teaming up once again for an epic Independence Day Celebration, produced by el studio at the Westlight rooftop. The fourth of July party spans the hotel’s top two floors for the ultimate viewing experience. We welcome back our friends DJ Tennis, Carlita, and DeRoos to the rooftop decks, as well as Milo and Gaspar Muniz to the open air floor below. Located on the 22rd floor, just above our popular rooftop bar Westlight, 360-degree panorama of Manhattan and Brooklyn give this event a vibrant energy and unbeatable vistas, from sunrise to sunset.

And, finally … (drumroll) … Coney Island, of Course!!

For those looking for a homegrown affair, head to South Brooklyn for the start of Coney Island/Luna Park Fireworks display!!!

This venue shoots off fireworks every Friday during the summer beginning in late June. So they’ve already had a few warm up laps! And they definitely give the Macy’s show a run for its money… After all, it’s Brooklyn, what do you expect!?!

Head straight to Coney Island boardwalk, between West 10th and West 12th Street. Fireworks start at Coney Island as soon as the sun disappears, so between 9:30pm – 10:00pm.

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