Expect swoonsome vistas over Manhattan and Central Park with a Martini accompaniment

If there’s something that our American brothers and sisters know how to do well is put on a show. Luxe City Guides suggests where you can join them in NYC for their biggest party of the year

Ahh, the 4th of July. The most American of holidays is all about stars n’ stripes, sunning, supping and let’s not forget, spectacular fireworks. Should you be in New York for the holiday there are plenty of spots to enjoy the fiesta – from picture-perfect picnic spots to river and rooftop romps – just remember to keep it al fresco and you’ll be US-A-OK.

Nothing says 4th of July like a picnic spread; and despite being the world’s most famous urban sprawl, NYC still has plenty of green scenes where you can throw down a rug. You can compose your own spread from deli-darling Zabar’s, or dial-a-hamper from ready-packed Perfect Picnic New York a day in advance.

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Grand Banks

Head for the grand dame of grassland, Central Park, where the Great Lawn is the best flop spot – keep remember to keep your eyes peeled for flying footballs! For a more elevated aspect, opt for train track-turned-public park the Highline with its glamorous Hudson panorama and designer sunloungers, or take a trip over the river to  Brooklyn Bridge Park for snap-ready skyline views.

Prefer to get out on the water? That may be wise, given that NYC’s July temps often rocket higher than the fireworks. Hop aboard the Grand Banks barge, a Nova Scotian schooner anchored at Pier 25, which serves up sustainably harvested oysters and seasonal small plates along with cocktails and an impressive wine and craft ale list. Relive the supper-at-sea traditions of yesteryear as you take your seat under the striped shades with a lobster roll and Negroni in hand.

If you’d rather host your own floating fiesta, play Captain America to a fully-crewed vessel courtesy of Yacht Owners of New York. Depending on your need for speed, cruisers come with either motor or sail, and larger crafts have kitchens with catering or personal chef to arrange the all-important Bolly and bites. Aye aye sailor!

Back on terra firma, one of the best ways to view Gotham is from up on high. Arranged like a glorious grassy crown atop the Met is the museum’s own Roof Garden Cafe, offering swoonsome vistas over Manhattan and Central Park with Martini accompaniment, naturally.

Alas the Met closes at 5pm, so as dusk encroaches head further downtown to Le Bain rooftop sipper at the Standard Highline, which stays open well into the night. Slip past the velvet rope to be rewarded with a perch by the bar’s notorious in/out pool and a prime firework viewing spot.

Struggling with the heat? Book table at Brooklyn lovely The River Café, whose wall of windows afford staggering vistas of that skyline. Expect a finely tuned menu of new-American dishes, with ingredients sourced from across 50 states, stellar wine served amid white linens  and tinkly piano. A strict dress code dictates LBDs for the ladies and a jacket and tie for the sirs; ensure you reserve a later seating so you’re front and centre for the sparkles.

Or if you just want to kick up your heels go for a more laid-back experience at Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farm, which is going all-out Americana-rama on the 4th with a ticketed Southern-style cookout and live tunes playing. Yeehaw! Now that’s how you do it.

Wanting more? Check out LUXE City Guide to New York available in print or as part of the free LUXE app, downloadable from iTunes or Google Play Stores.

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