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Where to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in NYC

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show will draw New Yorkers' eyes to the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, featuring 70,000 shells timed to a musical score.

The 25-minute fireworks event is set to launch off of the bridge starting at 9:20 p.m., but you'll want to be in position well before.

And if you can't catch them at the East River, there will be other fireworks celebrations across the city to catch as well, including at Coney Island and at Astoria Park.

To help you prepare, 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.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park will have some of the
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Brooklyn Bridge Park will have some of the best views of the East River splendor this July Fourth, but it will also be crowded. But the experience may mesmerize you enough to forget the standing crowds around you. Roads leading to the park close early, so take public transit. See the view along Furman Street from Atlantic Avenue to Adams Street. Just be prepared for a crowd.

The William Vale, Williamsburg

The William Vale at 111 N. 12th St.,
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The William Vale at 111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, has a rooftop bar on its 22nd floor, which will be offering a full bar and party from 5 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $95.

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, East Side

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.

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)

WNYC Transmitter Park, Greenpoint

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. Plus, it's close to many restaurants and bars so you won't have to go far to imbibe.

Brooklyn Barge, Greenpoint

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

Rooftop parties

If you can get your ticket early, viewing
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If you can get your ticket early, viewing the fireworks from a rooftop is a treat. Find which one might suit you in our July 4th parties guide.

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 Co. 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)

ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, Brooklyn Heights

You won't miss a single firework at
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You won't miss a single firework at  ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, the city's newest marina, which has an unobstructed, front-row view of the display. If you have a boat, the marina has a three-night minimum for the holiday weekend. Head to Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park -- 159 Bridge Park Drive.

Coney Island, Brooklyn

After a full day of fun, including the
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After a full day of fun, including the awe-inspiring Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 10 a.m., sit down on the sand and enjoy fireworks over the ocean, starting at 9:50 p.m., when the Steeplechase Spectacular fireworks show begins.

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