New York: Top Places to Watch the Fireworks
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If you’re in NYC for 4th of July, that really means one thing: you want a good view of those fireworks and you’ll do anything to get it. In this city, you’ve got to travel high and low and sometimes even across the Hudson River to really capture the colorful display. Here are our favorite places to witness that spectacular view, enjoy a cocktail and a snack, and rejoice in our country’s independence – and a day off from work.
The Frying Pan
Situated right on the Hudson River off of 12th Street, this historic lightship is like an adult jungle gym, complete with all the accoutrements necessary for the full 4th of July experience: outdoor picnic tables, burgers and sandwiches on the menu, deliciously light sangria and beers, and a view that makes even New Jersey look good. Upper-deck seating also offered, positioning you as close as possible to that fiery display.
Get wrecked inside a shipwreck. True dive bar: used to rest at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. Salvaged lightship home to one of the scarier and weirder nights out in NY, especially when you're lost trying to find the bathroom in the rusty hull. Recently moved from Pier 63 to Pier 66a and interior has received some sprucing up, but raffish charm remains intact. New dock has killjoy 1am curfew; scene here is still developing.
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