Where to Drink – and Watch Fireworks – in NYC This July 4th

It’s true: “The United States is the only country with a known birthday.” (James G. Blaine)

So, as Americans, why wouldn’t we get lit like the annual fireworks? With Macy’s hosting the largest fireworks display in the country over the East River on July 4th, it’s time to figure out where to get your drink on while taking in the show. Come out to these fiery hot spots for flowing champagne, smoked ‘cue, skyline views and well, fireworks. 

Where to Party in NYC for July 4th

Penthouse 808 at Ravel Hotel

Penthouse 808 at Ravel Hotel Long Island City

Welcome to the pent-house party. Penthouse 808 will be hosting a July 4th Fireworks Rooftop Viewing BBQ from 3:00PM to 11:00PM. Enjoy gourmet barbecue fare by Executive Chef Seth Levine while absorbing waterfront views in the heart of the holiday action. Tickets options are: General Admission (standing room only) for $50.00; Observation Deck VIP (standing room only) for $75.00; Table on Rooftop (6th Floor) for $900; and for big spenders, Table on Observation Deck (7th Floor) for $1,500. Both tables include complimentary admission for up to eight guests. Purchase tickets here.

Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, 718-289-6118, www.penthouse808rooftop.com, @ph808

The Brooklyn Barge

The Brooklyn Barge in Greenpoint Brooklyn

Post-up on the barge, snap pics with pals and post ‘em to your page. But before that, buy tickets – Ranging from General Admission for $50.00 (standing room only) to “The Barge” (closest area to the actual fireworks) for $250 which includes a beach-style lobster dinner, premium open bar and DJ. Seating opens at 6:00PM with a cash bar; open bar begins at 7:00PM. Load up on booze and you won’t feel the barge rock.

3 Milton St, Greenpoint, 929-337-7212, www.thebrooklynbarge.com, @thebrooklynbarge

Westlight at The William Vale

Westlight Rooftop

BABËL & the WAÏ Tribe invite guests to the magical rooftop of the The William Vale to celebrate Independence Day. Gather on the 22nd and 23rd floors – right at the Williamsburg waterfront – to unite and admire the fireworks together while dining and dancing the night away. General Admission starts at $70.00; Tables range from $600 to $8,000 and includes a family-style dinner, bottle(s) of champagne, and more. The celebration begins at 5:00PM. Dress “magically.” Hit Vale Park if you are on a budget. Tickets cost $17.76 (to honor of the year of our independence) to access the elevated park and view the fireworks. Mister Dips will be up-and-running for burgers, fries and dairy dips.

The William Vale, 111 N.12th St, Williamsburg, 718-307-7100, www.westlightnyc.com, @westlightnyc

The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

The Crown at 50 Bowery Hotel

Most people don’t know about the latest project from Chef Dale Talde and the Three Kings Restaurant Group. The Crown, a new rooftop bar and lounge atop Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown offers guests expansive views – 270-degree views to be exact – of Manhattan, the East River and 4 bridges: Verrazano, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, in addition to various Asian-inspired cocktails and short menu of rotating globally-inspired street food. As for the sparkling Fourth… General Admission tickets are $50.00 with table packages open from 7:00PM to 11:00PM. Happy hour specials run from 5:00PM to 7:00PM – Expect frozé and boozy popsicles. Pro-tip: Arrive early as it’s first come, first serve. Limited standing space available. Note: Flip-flops = No entry.

Hotel 50 Bowery, 50 Bowery, Chinatown, 646-630-8057, www.thecrownnyc.com, @thecrownnyc


Riverpark Kips Bay Manhattan

Both the night sky and charred grill will be on fire this Tuesday. Riverpark invites guests to a walk-around, AYCE BBQ feast, including indoor and outdoor seating, open bar and games like corn hole, bocce ball and mini-golf. Chow down southern favorites like buttermilk fried chicken and Texas-style smoked brisket, plus assorted dessert pies. There will be a whole roasted Carolina-style pig, too. Take in picture-perfect views of the fireworks display over the river. Tickets are $275 per guest; $50.00 for children 8 years and younger. Buy now before they run out fast.

450 E. 29th St, Kips Bay, 212-729-9790, www.riverparknyc.com, @riverparknyc

The Heights at Arlo NoMad

The Heights at Arlo NoMad

Go all the way up (31 floors) at the Arlo Hotel. Stand above passersby beneath your feet as you peer through the thick glass floor. Sport sunnies as you’ll be eye level with strong rays until sunset. Choose from two ticketed sessions – 2:00PM to 5:00PM, or 6:00PM to 9:00PM – to consume unlimited beer, wine and frozé, plus barbecued bites and panoramic views. Tickets cost $70.00 per person, and available here.

Arlo NoMad, 11 E. 31st St, NoMad, 212-951-1141, www.theheightsarlonomad.com, @theheights

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