New York City has long been known to be one of the best places in the U.S. to watch Fourth of July fireworks. The city’s fireworks shows are known for their spectacular displays of lights, colors and sounds that continue to thrill people of all ages. Here are some of the best spots for viewing fireworks in NYC on the Fourth of July.

Brooklyn Bridge

Even though the fireworks are not viewed from the bridge itself, any area where people can get unobstructed views of Brooklyn Bridge will be ideal. Great views of the fireworks can also be seen from the East River’s lower end.

Southpoint Park

Many people flock to this park, which is situated on Roosevelt Island just off Manhattan, to see the fireworks displays. Manhattan’s magnificent skyscrapers are shown in a different light when the fireworks show starts. Southpoint Park is also the site of a lively Fourth of July party each year.

Gantry Plaza State Park

This park in Queens is another great place to see the bright fireworks light up the night sky. Onlookers can find the perfect spot anywhere on the park’s 12 acres of ground. However, it is best to try to get a spot early since the park is known to fill up fast on the Fourth of July.

34th Street and FDR Drive

Located on Manhattan’s East River riverfront, this intersection has long been a popular spot to catch the fireworks. Spectators can get a great view of the action while being positioned almost directly in front of the barges that launch the fireworks.

Pier 15

In addition to the fireworks show, spectators are treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet complete with hotdogs, burgers and chicken wings. People who are 21 years of age and older can visit the open bar. Pier 15 is located at the southern tip of Manhattan.

Battery Park

People who want to see a different fireworks display than the Macy’s show can head to Battery Park to see the presentation that takes place in Jersey City, NJ. Jersey City is situated close enough to see clear views of the fireworks from Manhattan.

Spending time watching the fireworks is one of the best ways to make the most of a Fourth of July in New York City. Any of the best spots around the city will treat onlookers to a thrilling show.