Where: Grand St, Brooklyn
When: Show starts at 9pm! Plan accordingly.
Grand Ferry Park is always a little bumping in the summer, as it's in a neighborhood filled with adults who love artisan picnic baskets and RedRover. This park isn’t exactly the place if you want to experience everything about the fireworks, but if you just want to look up and see bright colors changing in the sky, it will do the trick.
Where: Alice Austen Park, Staten Island
When: The orchestra starts at 6pm. The official fireworks follow.
SI will be just hard enough to get to for city dwellers, which means it'll be way less dense. Make a day out of it!
Where: 19 Fulton St, New York
When: Food's 1pm to 8pm, fireworks are 9:30pm
It's prime viewing real estate for sure, but the bigger draw might just be "The Festival of Independence," an all day food, drink, and live music affair. Landhaus, Milk Truck, and Lumpia Shack's halo halo stand will all be there.