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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Thu Jul 10, 2014.

After a stint on the Hudson River, the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular is back on the East Side for this year’s Independence Day.

Unfortunately a majority of the sparkling explosives will be shot off near the Brooklyn Bridge.

This will prevent most Queens residents from taking in the fireworks, even if they live on the waterfront.

However, with a little creativity, Queens residents still have a few options for taking in the spectacle on their home turf.

For those looking for a free show, there are a few spots in Queens that are sure to make for a great viewing spot.

Maspeth Plaza, located at the intersections of 69th Street and Borden and Grand avenues, is one such lookout.

The area is not an official spot to see the fireworks, but from the plaza, there is a view of Lower Manhattan and on July 4, after the sun sets, the sky will be lit with sparkling lights.

Howard Beach residents can walk onto the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge and take in the show from afar.

With a little imagination, any spot with a view of Lower Manhattan can become your front-row seat to a spectacular show.

If your heart isn’t entirely set on the Macy’s fireworks, there will be a smaller show at Citi Field, located at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave. in Corona, after the Mets play the Rangers.

The best part is, you don’t have to buy a ticket to the game to admire the light show.

Sitting in the parking lots of the stadium or the nearby Home Depot, located at 131-35 Avery Ave., should provide a great view of the event.

There are a couple of parties being held in Long Island City where attendees are guaranteed to see the show without worrying about tall buildings blocking their view.

Unfortunately, they come with a price tag.

For the first time, LIC Landing by Coffeed is hosting a party on the waterfront at Hunters Point South Park on Center Boulevard.

Tickets are $100 a person but allow you to eat and drink all you want.

The cafe will serve barbecue by pitmaster John Zervoulakos, who will grill up beef brisket, Berkshire pulled pork, baby back ribs, burgers, hot dogs and fries.

Craft beers and wines will also be available.

Ice and Vice will serve gourmet ice cream and desserts and coffee will be made by Coffeed.

A DJ and dance floor will also be in place.

The event is free for children 10 and under and will go from 6 to 10 p.m.

Attendees can take the East River Ferry to the Long Island City stop or the No. 7 train to the Vernon-Jackson station.

To make reservations or learn more about the event, visit licland.com

The Z Hotel, also located in Long Island City, will be putting on a slightly fancier event in its rooftop bar and party space.

For $166 — $65 for children — you can feast on grilled hot dogs, burgers, chicken or ribs for a main course.

Attendees can choose from grilled or roasted corn or tomato salad.

Ice cream, fruit salad and sliced watermelon will also be served.

The price also includes two alcoholic drinks per person and all soft drinks, juices and water are included as well.

Food service will be available from 4 to 8 p.m.

Visit zhotelny.com for more.

Happy Fourth of July!

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1 comment:

  • RogTy posted at 1:18 pm on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    RogTy Posts: 1

    "Inappropriate Fireworks":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtRVT65TKyc

    [A 2 minute comedy video!]