The Best Rooftops to Celebrate 4th of July in NYC 2022

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As you know, I love the rooftop bars of New York City – they are always a highlight for me, especially in the summer. They are really awesome on the 4th of July because you can see the beautiful skyline of New York City and the famous 4th of July fireworks.

Here I will tell you which rooftop bars have a great view of the 4th of July fireworks. Very important: some of them you can only visit with a ticket, and sometimes there are also rooftop parties – you can see all of them here on my ‘best list!’

My tip: check out my guide to the 4th of July in NYC – you’ll learn all about the fireworks, the best 4th of July boat tours, and the best places from which to see the fireworks!

You can see the 4th of July fireworks in NYC from these rooftop bars

One more note: I’m constantly updating this list because many rooftop bars haven’t announced their final lineup yet, and also because it’s not yet clear where the fireworks will be set off over the East River this year. It has previously taken place near the Brooklyn Bridge, but has also occurred at the United Nations buildings.

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    1 Hotel Rooftop and Garden Bar

    Rooftop Bar in Dumbo

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    Be sure to check out the 1 Hotel Rooftop and Garden Bar, even if you don’t decide to stay there. You can enjoy a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge. The bar serves great drinks and finger food.

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    Westlight NYC

    Rooftop Bar in Williamsburg

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    Rooftop Bar Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

    Rooftop Bar Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

    The Westlight in Brooklyn is considered one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in New York – and rightly so! It belongs to The William Vale Hotel and has a rooftop bar, a lounge area, a bar and a restaurant. What distinguishes the Westlight from many other spots is the unspoilt panoramic view of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

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    The Hoxton Williamsburg

    Hotels & Accommodations in Williamsburg

    Hoxton Williamsburg Hotel East River Views

    4 Stars | For me, the Hoxton in Williamsburg is one of the most beautiful hotels in New York: from the rooftop bar you have a spectacular view of Manhattan, and the rooms are very tastefully decorated. I felt at home immediately! 

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    One Vanderbilt The Summit

    Building in Midtown Manhattan

    Summit One Vanderbilt Observation Deck

    OK, the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is not a rooftop bar, but due to its location very close to the East River and the fact that it is a observation deck, I just had to include it in this list. Make sure you get your tickets early, because this spot is very popular (and rightly so!!!).

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    Bar Blondeau

    Rooftop Bar in Williamsburg


    Right next to the Brooklyn Brewery (our favorite beer) is the Wythe Hotel with its rooftop bar Blondeau. From there you have a great view on the skyline of Manhattan. And: the bar is totally relaxed: no bottle service (i.e. you don’t have to take off whole bottles of champagne and co.) and no dress code make for a relaxed atmosphere.

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