If there was ever an ideal time to visit New York City, Fourth of July weekend is it. Manhattanites maximize their long weekends by fleeing to the calm of suburbia. Fewer crowds mean more space for you to enjoy the nation’s largest fireworks display, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. There is something inspiring and patriotic about watching the fireworks in the melting pot of America. It’s almost impossible not to feel pride for this country. If you are heading into the city (or staying), check out our list of the best spots to see the show.

NOTE: This post was originally published in June 2017; please check with specific locations about availability and views for this Fourth of July celebration.

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The Roof at Park South Hotel

A cash bar and an amazing view of the river — enough said. Tickets for entry are released each year in May and sell out quickly. Plan on arriving early and enjoying dinner by James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman before the show begins.

Berry Park

A hip, Brooklyn rooftop with a laid-back party atmosphere. Skip the lower level bars and head straight to the covered rooftop. Then, be a local and order the spiked lemonade and Park Fries. The hidden gem does have a limited riverside view, so arrive early and grab a seat.

East River State Park

Bring a cooler, a blanket and your favorite person to cozy up with. Breathtaking fireworks, resplendent views and a mirrored reflection of the lights in the still water makes this a one-of-a-kind night where you’ll see the fireworks twice.

Fornino’s at Brooklyn Bridge Park

This year, forget your standard hot dogs. Fornino’s makes a strong case that you should be chowing down on a slice of New York-style thin-crust pizza instead. If you get warm on its low-key rooftop, cool off with its artisanal sodas or ice cream. Tickets to this spot are limited, so be sure to call ahead to make a reservation.

Hornblower Cruise Ship

Put yourself right in the action and celebrate America with an unforgettable evening. Look up at the Statue of Liberty as lights crackle and streak across the sky. More than the breathtaking show, the service is what you’ll remember — a picnic-style buffet, a seductive open bar and, of course, you’re on a yacht! The nights not free, but it is definitely money well spent.

FDR Park

Take in the fireworks at a little slower pace. This suburban island sanctuary is a family-friendly ride from the city. The park’s pond and green space is a literal breath of fresh air. Relax: There’s no admission fee and lots of room, and it’s surprisingly uncrowded. So bring a blanket and enjoy the local park fireworks display.

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