Best places to watch 4th of July fireworks in NYC in 2021

Cue the Katy Perry lyrics.

The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will once again illuminate the Big Apple in red, white and blue tomorrow night on the East River.

The 8 p.m. NBC broadcast, hosted live from Hunter’s Point Park, Queens, features a star-studded (and spangled) lineup of pre-taped musical talent, including Coldplay, Blake Shelton, the Jonas Brothers, Marshmello, Reba McEntire, OneRepublic and Black Pumas.

Some 350 drones will light up the sky to honor the Olympians on Team USA during the Jonas Brothers’ performance.

As for the fireworks, here are the best, free places to watch in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens once the sun goes down.

Gantry Plaza State Park

The Long Island City waterfront is home to the main event this Fourth of July.
The Long Island City waterfront is home to the main event this Fourth of July.
William Miller

NBC hosts Renée Elise Goldsberry and Ryan Eggold will be on air all night from Hunter’s Point on the Long Island City waterfront.

While that park will be closed off for the network, the connected Gantry Plaza State Park is open to public viewing and offers stellar views of the extravaganza, not to mention the Manhattan skyline.

4-09 47th Road, Long Island City, Queens

Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island is offering one of the better watch parties around the city for the show.
Roosevelt Island is offering one of the better watch parties around the city for the show.
Getty Images

Four Freedoms Park is holding a now-sold-out watch party on the island’s southernmost tip, but the adjacent Cornell Tech lawn will be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at noon.

The lawn party will offer food trucks to make time fly before the show starts.

The Cornell Tech lawn opens publicly at noon Sunday. No seating offered so it is recommended to bring a chair or blanket. 1 E. Loop Road, Roosevelt Island

East River Esplanade

Onlookers enjoy a fireworks display from the East River Esplanade.
Onlookers enjoy the view from the East River Esplanade.
William Miller

This elevated waterfront lookout in Murray Hill is directly across from Hunter’s Point in Queens and offers a vantage point like no other in Manhattan.

FDR Drive between East 36th and East 41st streets, Murray Hill

Sutton Place Park

This park along the East River offers a unique view of the show.
This park along the East River offers a unique view of the show.
Getty Images

Just south of Andrew Haswell Green Park, this little spot offers a massive view of the main event on the East River, as well as Roosevelt Island and Long Island City from its grounds.

Enter on Sutton Place between East 56th and East 57th streets

Stuyvesant Cove Park

This cove in Manhattan has a great south looking north view of the fireworks.
This cove in Manhattan has a great view of the fireworks.
Stefano Giovannini

Just south of the action, this East River cove adjacent to Peter Cooper Village will offer a view of both Queens and Brooklyn being beautifully illuminated by the fireworks.

24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East between 18th and 23rd streets in Gramercy Park

Andrew Haswell Green Park

It's a beautiful view with plenty of scenery at this waterside park.
It’s a beautiful view with plenty of scenery at this waterside park.
Stefano Giovannini

This East Side waterfront spot boasts the artful Alice Aycock Pavilion and views of the fireworks as they fly across the Queensboro Bridge.

East 60th Street and FDR Drive, Midtown East

WNYC Transmitter Park

Walk out onto the piers of this Brooklyn park for the best possible view of the fireworks.
Walk out onto the piers of this Brooklyn park for the best possible view of the fireworks.
Getty Images

This Greenpoint park offers a remarkable angle of the Manhattan skyline. Walk out on the piers along the Brooklyn waterfront for the best views of the show.

End of Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint

Bushwick Inlet Park

People are seen enjoying the weather at Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn.
People enjoy the weather at Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn.
John Nacion/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty

Below WNYC Transmitter Park in Williamsburg is this larger green space along the waterfront.

Surrounded by bars and breweries, there’s plenty to do around here before the fireworks get launched.

Enter on Kent Avenue between North Ninth and North 12th streets, Williamsburg

Read The Full Story