Best Rooftop Views of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Brooklyn visitors, rejoice! Celebrate the 41st annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks with dynamic pyrotechnics while drinking a cold Brooklyn brew at sunset. Areas along the East River waterfront are major wins for everyone celebrating Independence Day in Brooklyn—but you’re going to need to strategize if you want an Instagram-worthy view. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the borough’s most firework-friendly venues!

Even though the spectacle kicks off at 9:20 p.m., you’ll need to arrive a few hours early if you want a front-row seat. These venues are superb if you don’t wish to deal with the crowds in nearby parks, as Brooklyn rooftops make for a stellar view of the festive sky above Manhattan.

1 HOTEL

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS – Enjoy a front-row seat to the fireworks over the East River 1 Hotel’s various elevated spaces. From the 1 Rooftop which you can host your own private 4th of July Celebration with the best views of the firework show, to the 10th floor lounge and hospitality suite, in which you will enjoy the best skyline views and comfortable areas to celebrate Independence Day. The 1 Hotel has everything to fit your needs, with many comfortable spaces that will make the fireworks unforgettable. Also in need of a place to stay? Book a room and view it from there!

Photo courtesy of Sleeper Magazine
Photo courtesy of Sleeper Magazine

Kimoto Rooftop

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Celebrate Independence Day with one of the best views in Brooklyn from the Kimoto Rooftop. Enjoy Asian-inspired food, design, craft beers, and cocktails – Kimoto Rooftop offers one of the best contemporary dining experience in Brooklyn. Celebrate like an American and enjoy a menu of our favorite Asian food. Come out of your shell, escape the frenetic urban infrastructure of New York City and celebrate like a Brooklynite.

Photo courtesy of Kimoto Rooftop Garden Lounge
Photo courtesy of Kimoto Rooftop Garden Lounge

Rooftop Reds

FORT GREENE/BROOKLYN NAVY YARD – Enjoy the city’s 4th of July fireworks from this rooftop vineyard, complete with hammocks, rooftop grass, and, of course; wine! Bring your friends are indulge in local wines and bites as you watch the sky sparkle with one of the best rooftop views in New York City. Rooftop Reds will be having BBQ on this celebratory day with Pop-Up Fletcher’s BBQ. Head to Rooftop Reds and mingle with locals as you enjoy a night full of wine, food, games, tunes and good vibes.

Photo courtesy of Untapped Cities by Anthony Falco
Photo courtesy of Untapped Cities by Anthony Falco

Brooklyn Grange

FORT GREENE/BROOKLYN NAVY YARD- Want to watch the fireworks like a VIP? Brooklyn Grange has front row seats in a urban rooftop farm environment! There will be a wide variety of food and dessert, as well as unlimited beer and wine. As a bonus, you will have the chance to purchase raffle tickets to benefit the Refugee Immigrant Fund, all while you listen to live music!

Photo courtesy of Rockrose Development
Photo courtesy of Rockrose Development

Westlight (The William Vale)

WILIAMSBURG – For a day full of celebrations and drinks, the William Vale is the perfect hotel. Book a room there, or simply stop by to relax while watching the fireworks at their rooftop bar, Westlight. Overlooking the East River and the Manhattan skyline, the epic view will have you mesmerized by the time the fireworks pop off. If you do wish to stay, the William Vale Hotel has a great 4th of July deal for those looking to stay in as you watch the fireworks from your hotel room, all while sipping some complimentary champagne! See here to learn more!

Photo courtesy of The William Vale Hotel
Photo courtesy of The William Vale Hotel

Wythe Hotel

WILIAMSBURG – Covered in parkland, the Williamsburg waterfront is the perfect place to view the fireworks. For great views of the fireworks from a rooftop spot, try Wythe Hotel’s iconic Ides Bar. Celebrate Independence Day at The Ides with incredible views and delicious food accompanied by cold craft cocktails in a rustic rooftop setting that offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

Photo courtesy of Abelow PR
Photo courtesy of Abelow PR