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There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than New York City, home to the nation’s largest fireworks display.More than 3 million people gather on the city’s shores and rooftops to catch the show, in which more than 10,000 explosives are set off from six barges parked around the city.
This year, skip the backyard barbecue and check out one of these exclusive rooftop parties instead.
330 W. 40th Street, New York, NY
The Sky Room, which claims to be the highest rooftop lounge in New York City, offers awesome 360 degree views of the city skyline.
The July 4th party costs $100 per person and includes American cuisine and an open bar.
653 11th Avenue, New York, NY
Guests of Kimpton's Ink 48 Hotel can catch the fireworks display from the 16th floor Press Lounge.
The July 4th viewing event is from 6 to 10 pm and space is first-come, first-serve.
621 W. 46th Street, New York , NY
Deluxe tables for the Hudson Terrace's VIP viewing party are still available, starting at around $300.
This celebrity-studded haven on the West Side will host a barbecue and pour champagne and cocktails.
44 West 63rd Street New York, NY
The event will include dancing, cocktails, music, neon lighting, and scenic views from the hotels' glass convertible roof. Best of all the cover is only $25 at the door.
Pier 81: West 41st Street and the Hudson River, New York, NY
Pier 83: West 42nd Street and the Hudson River, New York, NY
There may be no better place to catch the fireworks than from the rooftops of Circle Line's Pier 81 and Pier 83, which offer unobstructed views.
Tickets to the parties, which feature DJs, drinks, games, and food, cost $85.
19th Floor of the Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Avenue at 46th Street, New York, NY
Set in the historical Roosevelt Hotel, rooftop lounge Mad46 will host a holiday celebration from 3pm to midnight on Saturday, and offers prime fireworks viewing two nights later.
230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
This popular Fifth Avenue rooftop bar offers great city views and is an awesome spot to catch the July 4th fireworks.
Also, don't miss the legendary hot-dog king Takeru Kobayashi compete in Nathan's hot dog eating contest on July 4th via satellite from 230 Fifth.
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