Get ready to get lit!
This year’s Fourth of July fireworks display will be the biggest yet — but it will also be the least visible for Brooklynites! Macy’s plans to explode more than 60,000 pyrotechics over the East River, but this year’s bangs will launch from barges parked on the river near the Brooklyn–Queens borders — not near the Brooklyn Bridge, as in past years. So the best viewing spots have shifted to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and you will need to plan to get a good view! So we have charted some of the best spots to catch the show, whether you are on a champagne or picnic blanket budget.
Smoke on the water
The floating Greenpoint bar Brooklyn Barge will host a huge bash for America’s birthday, offering four different party price points for getting up next to the fireworks. You can sit right out on the water with the blasts with a $250 ticket to the barge, watch from a picnic table for $150, or hang out in its garden for $100 — all these options including a lobster dinner and open bar from 7–11 pm. Or grab a $50 spot at the land-locked bar, which will also get you killer views and two drink tickets.
The Brooklyn Barge [97 West St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (929) 337–7212 www.thebr
Right next door to Brooklyn Barge is a free alternative — Transmitter Park! You can lay down a blanket on the waterfront lawn, pop open some drinks, and enjoy the show. You won’t have to pay entry, but make sure to arrive early to reserve a place.
Transmitter Park (West St. between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Street in Greenpoint). Free.
Slightly further south you can stake out some space at East River State Park, a river-adjacent green space three times the size of its northerly neighbor. The views are sure to be spectacular, and you can stop at Oddfellows Ice Cream shop down the road to stock up.
East River State Park (90 Kent Ave. between N. Seventh and Ninth streets in Williamsburg). Free.
Outback up top
The Australian restaurant Northern Territory will host a rooftop soiree for those looking to celebrate this country’s birth while appreciating its immigrant culture. The roof offers some of the best views around — tickets are $60 and drinks are extra, but there are sure to be plenty of specials.
Northern Territory [12 Franklin St. at Meserole Avenue in Greenpoint, (347) 689–4065, www.north