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Where To Watch the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in NYC

The full show returns in celebration of its 45th anniversary.

Winston Tan/Shutterstock
Winston Tan/Shutterstock
Winston Tan/Shutterstock

As New York City continues to rage on this summer without the constraints of COVID restrictions, 2021 also marks the full return of the beloved Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display.

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, this year’s show is in honor of the United States Armed Forces and named “Macy’s Salutes Those Who Serve.” Starting at 9:45 pm on Sunday, July 4th, America’s largest pyrotechnic display will set off in the East River with fireworks launched from five barges located near Midtown. Free to the public, viewing locations for vaccinated revelers include East 42nd Street, East 34th Street, and East 23rd Street, along with sections of waterfronts in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan for those who aren’t vaccinated (check out the official website for developing info on locations). 

The 25-minute extravaganza saluting “American bravery and optimism” will feature a patriotic-themed musical score, and launch more than 65,000 shells in 24 different colors and shapes. From red, white, and blue waterfalls to triple linking rainbows, expect to be dazzled by its effects from 1,000 feet up in the night sky.

“The Summer of New York City is underway!” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press release. “New Yorkers have worked hard to fight back COVID-19 and build a recovery for all of us. This summer, we can’t wait to reconnect with the iconic events that make our city great. These fireworks make us all proud to be New Yorkers and Americans, and I’m looking forward to a joyful and safe viewing this year.” 

After more than a year of quarantining and following COVID-19 mandates, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks signify the welcomed return of milestone traditions and events across the city. 

For those looking to watch the fireworks from the comforts of air conditioning at home, NBC will broadcast the show (be sure to check your local listings) in a televised production including a line-up of musical performances and more. And if the thought of being jostled by crowds along the East River doesn’t sound quite appealing either, here are a few eateries, rooftops, and more to watch the show from instead.

Photo courtesy of The Roof at PUBLIC
Photo courtesy of The Roof at PUBLIC
Photo courtesy of The Roof at PUBLIC

The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel

Lower East Side
The restaurant, POPULAR, isn’t the only exciting happening at the newly relaunched PUBLIC Hotel. For the 4th of July, the property’s rooftop spot, The Roof at PUBLIC, is hosting a special summer party. With a cover price of $30 per attendee, the soiree will feature 360-degree views of the city skyline along with seasonal cocktails, an a la carte barbecue menu, and a DJ spinning late into the evening. Doors open at 5 pm.

City Cruises
City Cruises
City Cruises

City Cruises

Pier 61
Board The Bateaux New York from City Cruises by Hornblower to set sail on an evening spent along both the East and Hudson Rivers featuring front-row seats to the fireworks. Packages are available in three different tiers starting at $499 and include a full-course dinner, open bar, live music, and views of NYC’s magnificent skyline. Guests will board the vessel from Pier 61 at 5:30 pm and can plan to be back on land after 10 pm. And there’s a semi-formal dress code, so leave the pandemic sweatpants at home for America’s birthday.

Photo courtesy of Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina
Photo courtesy of Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina
Photo courtesy of Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina

Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Located at the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront, this brasserie with a globally inspired menu by executive chef Jonathan Rodriguez offers a year-round terrace that’s especially ideal to catch the fireworks. For the occasion, Estuary is offering special reserved seating for $150 per person, which includes an open bar plus a la carte menu items including oysters, salmon tartare, lobster rolls, and a fried chicken bucket. Call 718-521-6744 for more info.
How to book: Resy

Photo courtesy of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Photo courtesy of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Photo courtesy of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Park
From 7 pm to midnight, this rooftop bar atop the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will host a special viewing party with unobstructed views of the fireworks show. In addition to a table reservation for $1,500 that can accommodate up to 6 guests, loungers on the rooftop pool are available at $500 each. All table and lounger reservations include a bottle of rose.
How to book: Table reservations here and pool loungers here.

Other Half Brewery
Other Half Brewery
Other Half Brewery

Other Half Brewery

Domino Park
If you’re looking for something a bit more lowkey, Other Half Brewery at Domino Park is offering special picnic packs-and a prime viewing location-at their waterfront location in Brooklyn. At $35 each, the holiday sets (available for order here) include a 4-pack of beer, blanket, cups, and Bjorn Corn popcorn-and seating will be available until 10 pm. There’ll also be beer selections on sale via an ice cream cart onsite, including the newest offering, Oh2 hard seltzer, which is only brewed at the Domino Park location.

ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY

One World Observatory

One World Trade Center
High in the sky at 102 floors above street level, One World Observatory will host a celebration saluting iconic Americana dishes and beverages. From 8 pm to midnight, along with hot dogs, pretzels, waffle fries, and cheesecake lollipops, attendees can enjoy cocktails (all food and drinks are unlimited) and unparalleled views of the city. Tickets are $350 per person and proof of vaccination is required.

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Tae Yoon was born and raised in Queens, and is the Editor of Thrillist New York.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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