The Fourth of July is just around the corner and if you are not sneaking off to the Hamptons with the rest of Manhattan, you are probably watching the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show.

Making its debut in 1976, Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is a beloved annual tradition and the most celebrated July Fourth fireworks display in the country. Downtown Magazine has selected a few spots where you can get great views of the show.

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Freedom Fest 2015

Where: Watermark Bar Pier 15, Southstreet Seaport

What: This family friendly event allows you to enjoy views of Downtown Manhattan and the East River before the Macy’s fireworks display begins. The event is also serving up summer beverages and barbecue goodies to keep everyone in the family happy.

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4th Of July at Industry Kitchen

Where: 70 South St.

What: This 5,000 square-foot venue accommodates up to 300 guests with indoor and outdoor seating. Floor-to-ceiling windows seamlessly separate the indoor and outdoor areas, framing the Macy’s fireworks display that can be enjoyed from any seat. Guests of this event have the ability to dine at individual and communal dining tables, the large freestanding bar or the outdoor terrace and lounge.

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Front Row Fireworks Celebration at the Helipad

Where: East 34 Street Heliport

What: This all-day event gives you exclusive access past the packed crowd and delivers a July Fourth celebration complete with live music, live performances, BBQ and other gourmet fare, multiple fully-stocked bars, and celebrity hosts. Topping the evening off is a full-scope view of the fireworks spectacle.

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Zephyr 4th of July Cruise

Where: Departs from 89 South Street, Pier 16.

What: Take on a different perspective to see the fireworks and hit the water on  Zephyr cruise. Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, dessert trays, soda, juice and water. A cash bar is also available. The cruise lasts approximately 3 and a half hours.


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Shipwrecked at the Seaport

Where: Docked at Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport

What: For those that really feel like celebrating like its 1776, can party aboard El Galeón – a 170-foot, 495-ton authentic wooden replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon. The El Galeón will host “Shipwrecked at the Seaport”
parties where visitors can enjoy quality grub, specialty drinks
including a Drunken Sailor Punch, and explore the vessel for possible
hidden booty and other fun surprises.  Spectators will also have a front row seat to Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. If you can’t make it on the 4th, don’t worry. The El Galeón will still host parties on 3 more additional nights: July 9th, 10th
and 11th.

-by Audrey DuVall