The day is almost here: The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, which will light up the sky for its 42nd annual spectacle, happens tomorrow. The company has been touting this year’s event as the “largest display since the Millennial Celebration,” with more than 75,000 shells (up from 60,000 last year) launching during a colorful 25-minute display.
The fireworks will launch from seven barges stationed along the East River from 24th to 42nd streets, and the official viewing locations for the event are located at similar points—namely, along the East River in Midtown, the East Village, Long Island City, and north Brooklyn.
But if you don’t want to be squished among the sure-to-be-sweaty crowds at those street-level spots, never fear: We’ve gathered some of the best ways to watch the July 4 fireworks, many of which are located at a safe remove—i.e., on a boat in the East River.
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