The Best 4th of July Cruises in NYC

Guaranteed views of the spectacular fireworks

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If you’re spending the 4th of July in New York, a fireworks cruise may be the best way to celebrate it. NYC’s 4th of July cruises guarantee you a relaxed evening with unobstructed views of the fireworks. No need to go through the hassle of securing a spot in the crowded areas. 

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Our top 4th of July cruises in NYC 2020

The number of 4th of July cruises in New York can be quite overwhelming. That’s why we have created a table for you that features the best 4th of July fireworks cruises in NYC. This way, if you want to spend the country’s birthday on a cruise, you can easily make a decision. Last year, the fireworks were launched at 9:20 pm from the Brooklyn Bridge as well as four barges along the East River. The location for the 2020 4th of July fireworks has not yet been confirmed. The fireworks cruises, however, will all adjust their route according to the locations of the fireworks.

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Type

Type

Light Dinner & Fireworks

Light Dinner & Fireworks

Light Dinner & Fireworks

Light Dinner & Fireworks

Light Dinner & Fireworks

Duration

Duration

5 hours

5 hours

5 hours

5-6 hours

3 hours

Food

Food

Classic summer dishes

Festive Picnic Menu

Buffet

Buffet

Buffet

Drinks

Drinks

Beer, wine & softdrinks

Premium open bar

Premium open bar

Beer, wine & softdrinks

Soft drinks

View of fireworks

View of fireworks

Departure

Departure

6 pm at Pier 83

5:30 pm at 78 South St

5 pm at Pier 40

5 pm at Pier 36

7 pm at Battery Park

Price

Price

$249

$198

$206

$259

$212

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Details on each 4th of July cruise in NYC

If you are still unsure of which 4th of July fireworks cruise is the best pick for you and your party, you can find more information on each 4th of July Fireworks Cruise in NYC below. Please note that the fireworks are typically launched around 9 pm.

1. Circle Line 4th of July Evening Cruise

Fireworks cruise in nyc

Circle Line is a very well-known sightseeing cruise operator in New York and also offers one of the best 4th of July cruises. The cruise includes a light dinner with classic summer dishes and great drinks. Most importantly, however, you will enjoy guaranteed views of the fireworks, particularly from the outdoor deck space.

  • Start: 6 pm
  • Return: 11 pm

What You’ll Get:

  • light dinner
  • drinks
  • live DJ
  • guaranteed views of the 4th of July fireworks

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2. July 4th Family Fireworks Cruise

family-friendly 4th of july cruise nyc

For all those looking to spend a great evening with the family while enjoying the fireworks in New York, this cruise is a great option. It departs at South Street in Lower Manhattan where you will have the best views of the spectacle. It’s a rather casual cruise, so you can wear what you want and simply enjoy a light picnic dinner (sandwiches, salads, etc.), drinks and the atmosphere on the East River.

  • Start: 7 pm
  • Return: 10 pm

What You’ll Get:

  • light dinner buffet with dessert
  • unlimited soft drinks, coffee, and tea
  • live DJ
  • guaranteed views of the 4th of July fireworks

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3. July 4th Hornblower Infinity Yacht (family-friendly)

Hornblower Fireworks Cruise

This 4th of July fireworks cruise is great for those who want more affordable 4th of July cruise in NYC. Taking into account that you won’t find a fireworks cruise in New York for under $200, this cruise offers everything you need over three floors: plenty of food in buffet-style, an open bar, great atmosphere, a dancefloor and, most importantly, unobstructed views of the 4th of July fireworks. The yacht is pretty large, so you’ll have enough to discover onboard before the fireworks are launched.

 

 

  • Start: 5 pm
  • Return: 10 pm

What You’ll Get:

  • buffet and dessert
  • unlimited beverages
  • guaranteed views of the 4th of July fireworks

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4. July 4th Macy’s Fireworks Festive Boat

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This 4th of July cruise in NYC offers you one of the longest times on the cruise, but the best thing about it is that it is kid-friendly. The cruise hosts events and toy giveaways to keep the little ones entertained during the ride. Needless to say, if you are traveling as a family, the festive boat is a great choice to see the 4th of July fireworks and spend a memorable evening together.

 

 

 

  • Start: 5 pm
  • Return: 11 pm

What You’ll Get:

  • dinner buffet
  • unlimited soft drinks, beer, and wine
  • live DJ
  • guaranteed views of the 4th of July fireworks

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5. Statue Cruises Fireworks Cruise

Fireworks over the East RiverIf you don’t need a big dinner but simply want to enjoy great views of the 4th of July fireworks in New York, then this cruise is the perfect fit for you! At close to $200, this no-frills cruise is one of the most affordable 4th of July Cruise in NYC. On the menu, you’ll have sandwiches, salads, and other snacks like brownies. It is the shortest cruise, which is why we think the value for money isn’t all too great compared to the other options. Statue Cruises is also the operator of the ferry to Liberty and Ellis Island!

  • Start: 5 pm
  • Return: 8 pm

What You’ll Get:

  • snacks and refreshments
  • live DJ
  • guaranteed views of the 4th of July fireworks

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About the author
Maureen

Oh, how lucky I am… always at the pulse of the greatest city in the world – what could be better? New York City is my passion and I’m happy to be able to share my experiences along with insider tips and helpful tricks with you. With me by your side, you’ll never miss a beat!

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Russ Taskey

Would LOVE to see the 4th of July fireworks in New York!!! My wife and I have never been there. Need to get a information on Hotels or places to stay to get a great view of the show!!!!

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