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Fireworks NYC: Where to watch the Fourth of July fireworks

New York City’s skyline will soon sparkle and shine for the 42nd time.

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show will bring New Yorkers to the East River to watch the spectacle, featuring 75,000 shells timed to a musical score.

The 25-minute fireworks event is set to launch off of seven barges situated between 24th and 41st streets (if you're looking at the East River from Manhattan) starting at 9:25 p.m.

We've compiled a list of some of the best places to soak in the famous display so that you can effectively “ooh” and “ahh" the night away and capture those Instagram-worthy shots of the dazzling lights the way the Founding Fathers intended you to.

Here’s where to park yourself to catch a view of this year’s fireworks.

Southpoint Park celebration, Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island has incredible views of the Manhattan
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Roosevelt Island has incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and will be the perfect place to watch the fireworks. The island's Southpoint Park is hosting a celebration with DJ sets, dancing, activities for kids, food trucks and more. You can watch from any part of the island, with best views on the western edge, including at Cornell Tech and Four Freedoms Park. Once Four Freedoms Park is filled to capacity, however, it will be closed off. There will be a limited amount of free tickets that will be made available at rioc.ny.gov on June 29 at noon. (Free, 5 p.m., facebook.com)

LIC Flea Night Market July 4th party, Queens

LIC Flea Night Market is hosting another free
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LIC Flea Night Market is hosting another free July 4 party to take advantage of the perfect waterfront views of the fireworks. Watch the colorful ka-booms, eat food and grab a drink at the beer garden serving pints from local breweries. The party runs from 2 to 11:30 p.m. (5-25 46th Ave., eventbrite.com)

Williamsburg Bridge pedestrian path

While it isn't the most glamorous venue, the
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While it isn't the most glamorous venue, the Williamsburg Bridge is right in the middle of the fireworks action. Make sure to avoid the bike lane of the bridge -- the walking lane is separate -- and you'll be able to get a clear view of the display.

Pier 15/East River Esplanade

Located right along the waterfront in Manhattan, the
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Located right along the waterfront in Manhattan, the East River Esplanade is a two-mile span of green space between the Battery Maritime Building and Montgomery Street. Pier 15 is located within that space and offers stunning views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn beyond. In general, FDR Drive's curve along the east side of Manhattan will give New Yorkers an ideal view on the elevated portion from 34th Street or between 16th Street and Avenue C.

WNYC Transmitter Park

This park, which has a sizable green space,
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This park, which has a sizable green space, borders the East River at West Street, between Kent Street and Greenpoint Avenue, and looks southward -- closer than most other spots in Greenpoint-Williamsburg.

Brooklyn Barge

The seasonal floating bar and restaurant on the
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The seasonal floating bar and restaurant on the East River hosts a fireworks viewing party annually, complete with live music, an open bar and a lobster dinner. (97 West St., Brooklyn, facebook.com/thebrooklynbarge)

Rooftop parties

If you can get your ticket early, viewing
Photo Credit: The Roof at Park South

If you can get your ticket early, viewing the fireworks from a rooftop is a treat. The Roof at Park South, for example, is letting guests up for $125-$175 this year, starting at 7 p.m.

And while it may be farther away, Elsewhere in Brooklyn is hosting a rooftop popgun party for $10-$20.

See more here.

Take a cruise

If you want to avoid the crowds and
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If you want to avoid the crowds and get an unobstructed view of Macy's finest pyrotechnics, splurge on a cruise. Multiple cruise options are available at different price points with Empire Cruises", North River Lobster Company Liberty Belle and the Capitol Princess

Riverpark's barbecue bash, Kips Bay

Step away from the grill, put down the
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Step away from the grill, put down the spatula, and spend the evening at Riverpark's barbecue bash to enjoy a traditional walk-around BBQ dinner, desserts, and an open bar. This can be an event for the whole family, and ping-pong, cornhole, and bocce ball will be set up. There is indoor and outdoor seating available, but with prime views of the fireworks on the East River, we'd say outside is the place to be. (General Admission $275, 450 E. 29th St., riverparknyc.com)

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