The 4th of July is literally right around the corner so we thought we would share the best places from where to watch the fireworks, compiling their respective hyperlinks to make your planning as easy as possible (short of plopping down a picnic blanket for you by 3pm).  This year, once again, the fireworks are lighting up the sky along the East River, to the cheer of all Brooklynites.

As per the media coverage, “the show promises to be bigger than ever as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Fireworks will take to the sky along the East River near Midtown and the South Street Seaport. More than 56,000 are scheduled to burst forth at a rate of 2,200 per minute and all will be synchronized to a soundtrack of patriotic standards. New-in-2016 effects will include pyro-writing, where fireworks will spell out U-S-A.”

The best places to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC are:

Should the above compilation not meet your expectations, here are some other lists for your researching pleasure: