NYC 4th Best: Schooners, Rooftops, Barbeques, Booze

Macy's July 4th Fireworks
The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks display seen from a Classic Harbor Line vessel. The newest edition to their fleet is a replica of the yacht that won the first America's Cup Race in 1851. Source: Classic Harbor Line via Bloomberg

After a long day in the sun, the best way to see the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks is to hop on a small boat with friends and share a couple of pops while you watch the pyrotechnics.

Taking its first Independence Day voyage, the Schooner America 2.0 is the newest addition to Classic Harbor Line’s fleet.

Munch on hors d’oeuvres as you sample unlimited local craft beers, like Fire Island Lighthouse Ale, and wines from the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley.

The 105-foot vessel is a replica of the yacht that won the first America’s Cup Race in 1851. Cutting-edge technology makes this version fast and light with minimal impact on the environment.

The cruise leaves from Pier 62 and lasts just under three hours. Schooner America is $425 per person; prices for other boats in the fleet range from $275 to $375 per person.

Information: +1-212-627-1825;

Ink48 Hotel

One of my favorite spots on the West Side is Press Lounge at the top of Ink48 Hotel.

The views from the huge terrace are spectacular -- you’ll see the party on the Intrepid just below -- and the fireworks reflecting off the nearby buildings will be a show in itself.

For the holiday, there’s an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner, including fresh and fried oysters, tempura shrimp, crab salad, barbequed chicken and skirt steak.

The event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. costs $325.

At 653 11th Ave. Information: +1-212-757-2224;

Chelsea’s Table

A lower-priced option for food and a view of the festivities is at Chelsea’s Table at Chelsea Piers.

The two-month old cafe is serving an unlimited buffet of organic hot dogs, beef sliders, pasta and grilled corn for $75 for adults and $25 for children.

Drinks are not included, but raspberry lemonade spiked with Rain Organic Vodka is on offer, along with beer and wine.

Limited outdoor seating is available, and indoor seating may offer views of the fireworks, but the ticket also includes access to other parts of Chelsea Piers for more viewing options.

Owned by Gary Hirshberg, the man who brought the world Stonyfield Farms organic yogurt, Chelsea’s Table is located at Pier 62.

From 6 p.m. until the fireworks end. Information: +1-646-560-5251;

Lustgarten Benefit

I’ll be on Fire Island but if I weren’t, I’d go to The Lustgarten Foundation’s benefit at Toyota and Scion of Manhattan.

Held on the dealership’s 7th floor rooftop, the benefit ($75 prepaid, $100 at the door) gets you a sensational view of the fireworks, and an all-you-can eat barbeque, ice cream and open bar extravaganza.

A Scion xB will be raffled off, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to pancreatic cancer research.

From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 645 11th Ave. Information: +1-212-462-1111;

Highpoint Bistro

Keep a few blocks from the fray while toasting America’s 236th birthday and Highpoint Bistro’s 2nd birthday by having dessert first: try a beer float made from Session Premium Black Lager and vanilla ice cream for $10.

The restaurant is celebrating with a clam bake, including lobster, clams, mussels, red bliss potatoes and all the fixings for $26.

Located at 216 7th Ave, between 22nd and 23rd Streets. Information: +1-212-410-0120;

(Catherine Smith writes for Muse, the arts and culture section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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