Though often regarded as a beach-centric holiday (we’re sorry to report that the Hudson River is not yet swimmable), there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the 4th of July right here in Hell’s Kitchen! 


Macy's 4rh July Fireworks 2022
Fireworks explode over the skyline of New York City during the Macy’s display on July 4, 2022. Photo: Gary Hershorn

While the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks are set off over the East River July 4 at 8pm, there are several West Side spots to watch the display. Stand tall at The Edge, where for $250 you gain entry to the sky-high observation deck, BBQ fare, champagne, live music and a DJ set from Latin Grammy winner and trumpeter Spencer Ludwig. Over just a bit East at the Empire State Building, a premium investment ($500) will get you access to panoramic views from the 80th and 86th floor observatories, “Americana hors d’oeuvres” from nearby State Grill and Bar, a two-hour open bar, live music and a DJ set to accompany the festivities.

A cheaper option is to stroll over to Hudson River Park to see Jersey city’s fireworks over the Hudson, also happening the evening of July 4 at 9:30pm. 

Or, if you are happy with a longer walk, head to one of these official viewing spots on July 4 for Macy’s firework show views:

  • 1st Ave and E42nd Street
  • 1st Ave and E34th Street
  • 1st Ave and E20th Street
macys fireworks map 2023
Macy’s Fireworks map 2023.


The Clinton Community Garden is holding a 4th of July BBQ. Photo: Phil O’Brien

The Clinton Community Garden (434 W48th Street between 9/10th Ave) is holding a free, open-invite neighborhood BBQ potluck from 1-4pm on July 4th. The garden will be serving main entrees like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, pork loin and grilled vegetables, while the organization asks that guests bring a side dish or dessert for six or more people to share. The garden is also looking for coordinators and volunteers to help set up, greet guests, grill, serve food and clean up.To help out, sign up here or email

The W55th Street Block Association will host a low-key 4th of July soiree from 12pm-4pm on W55th Street between 8/9th Avenue. The block will be closed to traffic but open to residents and friends for mini-wading pools (for dogs and kids!), sidewalk chalk drawing, socializing and snacking (bring your own!). The block association is looking for volunteers for setup and breakdown — those interested should email

A snapshot of a previous July 4th social on W55th Street. Photo courtesy of the W55th Street Block Association.


North River Lobster Company Statue of Liberty
The North River Lobster Company boat. Photo: Phil O’Brien

Enjoy a waterfront view of the fireworks on La Barca Cantina and the North River Lobster Company, both setting sail from Pier 81 on July 4th. La Barca departs at 6:30pm and includes a four-hour open bar, Mexican buffet dinner including options like skirt steak, lamb barbacoa and ceviche and a live DJ for $369, while the North River sail (also departing at 6:30pm) includes a four-hour open bar, a lobster dinner buffet including options like peel and eat shrimp, grilled chicken, steamed lobsters and roasted vegetables, as well as live DJ for $329. Although admission is free for Hell’s Kitchen locals and employees for regular season cruises, the 4th of July sails are prix-fixe and therefore the new neighborhood free boarding promotion isn’t applicable. 

Have a safe and happy 4th, Hell’s Kitchen!

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  1. Bring back the Fireworks to the West Side where they started! I thought DeBlasio said that every 5 years they would switch over! Well, he lied again!! He is the one that moved them over to the East Side when He got in Office!

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