Macy’s annual Fourth of July fireworks are back over the East River for the fourth year in a row. The display kicks off at 9:25PM on the Tuesday and the fireworks shoot off from five barges on the East River between 24th and 41st streets. The fireworks are always fun to watch with friends and family, so we have a list of outdoor and rooftop bars in Manhattan that are perfect viewing spots for the spectacle.
Mr. Purple, a rooftop bar and restaurant on 180 Orchard Street, captures the vibrant and artistic spirit of the Lower East Side. Mr. Purple is gigantic with multiple interior spaces and multiple terraces to provide different experiences within one location. The bar is one of today’s trendiest spots and has a beautiful rooftop to enjoy the July 4th fireworks.
Watermark Bar, located in FiDi on Pier 15, hovers over the East River and has some of the best views in Manhattan. The 10,000 square foot venue has two levels and fits hundreds of excited firework enthusiasts.
The Heights, a rooftop bar at the Arlo NoMad on 11 E 31st Street, has a relaxed atmosphere perfect for a casual fireworks viewing event. The bar does have a glass floor area, which is an exhilarating experience for those who are interested in one. Besides cocktails, The Heights serves good pizza and cold pressed juices.
The Crows’s Nest, located on top of the Water Club, has the best views in Manhattan for the fireworks. Situated on the East River at 30th street, parallel to the spot the fireworks will be released from, The Crow’s Nest will be booming on July 4th. Besides providing a spot that puts the fireworks right in front of your face, the festive seasonal rooftop bar has great cocktails and burgers.
For those interested in dining, the Water Club is a high-end restaurant with glass windows that enable great seating for the fireworks. The well-renowned restaurant will most likely acquire a reservation far in advance, so get a move on it!
Rare View Rooftop Bar has a fitting name. The Chelsea located bar has one of the best rooftops in the city with an intricate drink and food menu. If you think you might enjoy a mango mojito and brisket quesadilla with your fireworks, we think you might enjoy Rare View Rooftop Bar.
230 Fifth Rooftop Garden Bar is New York’s largest rooftop bar in Manhattan. Located at 27th and 5th, the rooftop bar is lined with green felt creating a cool summery feel. 230 Fifth also has a fancy indoor lounge area that will have views of the fireworks as well.
A60 Rooftop Bar, located in Soho on the top of the New York’s Thompson Hotel, has two sections. One is a private area for hotel guests, private parties, and invited guests (many being celebrities). The other is open to the public. The rooftop bar better resembles a chic terrace bar, but the views are fantastic and the tiki vibe is fun.