The Best Viewing Spots for NYC Fireworks

We’re just days from one of the biggest celebrations of summer – Independence Day! And, New York City is known for its incredible fireworks display. Luckily, if you’re living at one of the many Gowanus rentals in the area, you have excellent access to some of the best view spots in the city. Every year, you can bet on an awesome show and it’s never too early to start planning the perfect viewing event whether that means heading north, over to Manhattan, or planning a bash right at your own apartment. There are lots of options when you live in Brooklyn.

New Yorkers and fireworks enthusiasts around the world look forward to the annual Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular. For more than four decades, this grand spectacle has graced the city’s skyline every July and seems to get bigger and better every year. However, depending on the year, the barges where the fireworks are launched from can be set at different locations along the East River. That means picking the perfect spot can be a moving target. But with so many options, you’ll be sure to enjoy the show from wherever you decide to park your crew.

Here are some of the best viewing spots for fireworks, whether near or far from our Gowanus rentals.

  1. FDR Drive. This is a no-brainer because it hugs the East River. Macy’s has named the Midtown portion of the FDR as a prime location for viewing, but there are several options along the thoroughfare. If you want to fight crowds, post up at FDR and 42nd which has been named THE best viewing spot for NYC fireworks. You can also set up at 34th, 23rd, or Houston. All are great spots to watch!
  2. The River. What better, and more summer-centric, place to watch this year’s fireworks that on the East River? If you, or literally ANY member of your crew, have access to some type of watercraft – get out on it and enjoy this spectacular view. No boats available? You can board a yacht with other fireworks lovers and set sail… for a fee. You can even experience this year’s fireworks show from the deck of a tall ship! There are several options available from providers around the city.
  3. Your Own Rooftop. Living in one of our Gowanus rentals means that you have access to a spectacular rooftop space where you can not only enjoy one of the best views of the city’s fireworks, but also entertain your friends! Green by 363 is an impressive a rooftop green space that our residents have access to any time. No more shoving shoulders for a spot at a rooftop bar – create your own party at home!

If you’d like more information about our Gowanus rentals, or to schedule a tour, contact us today!