621 W. 46th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-315-9400
When: 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
What: Front (and top) row seats to the fireworks show at the biggest bash of them all with a BBQ and four-hour top-shelf open bar.
Price: $135; Tickets available online or at 212-724-3900.
The Sky Room
Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites Times Square, 330 W. 40th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-380-1195
When: 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.
What: Your typical July 4th picnic will be 34 floors above Times Square—complete with burgers, pigs in blankets, chicken tenders, potato chips, and a five-hour open bar. Plus, groups get deals like bottle service, watermelon skewers, and mini American cupcakes.
Price: $100 general admission, $150 VIP.
Ink48, 653 Eleventh Ave., at 48th St.; 212-757-2224
When: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
What: This kid-friendly rooftop bash includes hors d'oeuvres, food platters, and desserts till 10.
Price: $325, email@example.com, 212-757-2224.
251 W. 48th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-956-1300
When: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What:The Fourth gets a French touch at this luxe rooftop fête. Aptly named Red, White & Booze, tickets start at $15, with uppity booze packages over $2,000. Get there early—the open bar ends at 7.
Price: $15 - $2,105.
570 Tenth Ave., at 42nd St.; 646-449-7700
When: 5 p.m. to midnight
What: Party on the terrace without breaking the bank. DJ Uri Dalal provides your soundtrack, and for $20, get two drink tickets plus one dish from either the hot dog, sushi, or taco stations. Wings, ribs, and burgers and fries available à la carte.
Price: $20; Tickets are available at YOTEL starting July 1, or call 646-449-7790 for reservations.
26 Little W. 12th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 646-624-2444
When: 7 p.m. on
What: The official July 4th party starts at 7 p.m. with a DJ, party favors, food and drink specials, and more. Reservations taken until 10 p.m. with a $100-per-person food minimum. A sit-down July 4 dinner is available at STK Meatpacking.
Price: Starting at $100.
The Waterfront at Pier 92
711 Twelfth Ave., nr. W. 52nd St.
When: Noon to midnight
What: At the terrace party with possibly the most to keep you occupied, there's a Lil Jon concert plus music from D.J.s, a beachy sand pit, tanning decks, VIP terraces, and air-conditioned cabanas. Plus, food is available from Virgil's Real Barbecue and a slew of food trucks. Some of the proceeds go toward the Hudson River Park Trust.
Price: Starting at $55; snag them here.
PH-D at Dream Downtown
355 W. 16th. St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-229-2559
When: Doors open at 6 p.m.
What: This twelfth-floor terrace will become a 21+ fireworks observation deck and lobster boil hot spot with one-and-a-quarter-pounds lobster, andouille sausage, potato, corn, and cornbread from Manuel Trevino, all for $32 bucks.
Price: Free to go up (doorman's discretion). Reservations are highly recommended.