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Getting the Best Seat for Tonight’s Fireworks

As everyone gets ready for the fireworks tonight, Brooklyn residents should consider just where they want to be for the best show — and for the least amount of crowds.   Certainly, you can always jump into Manhattan, but you have to be ready to brave large crowds and a lot of pushing and shoving for that venture.

Here are a few of the out-of-the-way locations to enjoy the great show instead.   There is a small waterfront park in Red Hook that will offer fantastic views and a great show, without the crowds. As longtime Red Hook resident Lisbon Robinson explained,

“This is probably your best vantage point in Brooklyn. It’s a very good experience, if you’re at the end of the pier you can see all the way up to 34th street.”

The East River Park in Williamsburg is another great location, although it’s not really a hidden secret. Crowds were gathered there last July 4th and will undoubtedly do so again tonight.   As Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Williamsburg), who helped to build the park, said,

“It’s an incredible place to watch the fireworks; you’re right on the water.”

To get a great glimpse of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show without having to get too close, some may enjoy the Pier on Coffey Street. You can see the spectacular without leaving the neighborhood — just get there early to get a good spot before the 9:20 show. One great suggestion offered by the NewYorkCityTourist website for the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks NYC show is “Guests who can’t make it to the live show can tune in starting at 9pm to catch the  Macys July 4th Fireworks NYC show  on NBC.   Even guests who do attend the event may want to record the taped version of it, to see the musical performances up close and to see the fireworks from a different view.”

Wherever you may end up, have fun and stay safe as you celebrate our Independence once again.


James Allenby is the editor of Gowanus Lounge, bringing to his position a vast background on New York, and especially Brooklyn history, culture and lifestyle. Born and bred in the heart of "the County of Kings" James Allenby knows what it means to be a Brooklynite, and imparts this meaning at all times to his readers. Contact James at info(at)