July 1, 2019
Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display is back by the Brooklyn Bridge this year for the first time since 2014, and there are seven recommended public viewing areas in Lower Manhattan, as well as spots in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Elevated sections of the FDR will be turned into viewing platforms, but Piers 16 and 17, which are closest to the action, will be closed to the public by order of the NYPD—unless you can afford a $492 ticket to a July 4 party at The Fulton by Jean-Georges, or have scored a ticket to a VIP party on the roof of Pier 17.
Schmancy parties and exorbitantly priced cruises are a July 4th mainstay. (“Macy’s is not aware of and does not approve, endorse or participate in these events/activities,” the department store states on their website.) At Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, the floating restaurant Pilot is selling a seat at the bar on July 4th for $375, or you can rent a slip at the Brooklyn Marina (four night minimum).