Imagine explaining to space aliens that, once a year, here in NYC and around the country, millions of Americans crowd into parks to to oooh and ahhh at 4th of July fireworks festivities. “EEp osHðö mii Elop,” they’d say, which translates, loosely, to “Lol, you’re celebrating this situation?” (It sounds much better in alien.) But, sometimes it’s heartening to take a break and reflect on the best moments of US history, you’d tell them, resisting the urge to snap a pic and sell it to the tabs so you can finally blow this popsicle stand once and for all.
Sky sparklies are magical -- you just need to find the right time and place to watch them. And you can see the bombs bursting in air on the Fourth of July anywhere with East River views between 23rd Street and 42nd Street in Manhattan and from select Brooklyn spots.