Ever since John Adams became inspired to commemorate Independence Day with fireworks, Americans have continued the summer tradition watching explosions of color across the sky. If you’re looking to sky-gaze in style, with sparkling premium cocktails in hand, sumptuous entrées on the table, and in luxury surroundings, we’ve got you covered. Plan your patriotic evening at one of these restaurants for 4th of July fireworks where stunning views of the night sky and the cuisine are both showstoppers. Not near any of these spots? Find a restaurant near you on OpenTable.
The Osprey Restaurant and Harriet’s Rooftop and Lounge, Brooklyn, New York
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the place to beat for a meal and fireworks with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Macy’s fireworks show during two ticketed events at the hotel. Guests can watch from the patio at The Osprey Restaurant, which is offering a special 4th of July prix-fixe menu, or at the newly opened Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge, which is hosting a viewing party with passed light bites and unobstructed views of the fireworks show. Both events will feature a premium open bar and a sampling of inspired dishes on the regular menu like bacon-wrapped dates with chorizo and Marcona almonds, whitefish pâté with pickled mustard seeds and everything lavash, Arctic char, Berkshire pork chop, and short rib Bourguignon with baby turnips, wild mushrooms, and flaky pastry. Make a reservation at The Osprey Restaurant.
Nest at WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, California
No ordinary barbecue, the location and inventive spin on the American classic will certainly be memorable. From 3-9PM atop the 26th-floor rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is hosting their own version of a July 4th barbecue. Chef de cuisine John Lechleidner is preparing an Asian-inspired menu, complemented by barbecue classics like mesquite-smoked prime beef brisket, Jidori chicken wings, pineapple, watermelon, jicama salad, and honey-glazed cornbread against panoramic views of the city’s spectacular fireworks show. Make a reservation at Nest at WP24 at the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles.
The Green Pheasant, Nashville, Tennessee
The culinary team of Jess Benefield and Trey Burnette are bringing an intoxicating blend of a yakitori menu, small plates, and all-day happy hour at the Green Pheasant in Music City this July 4th. The Green Pheasant is known for combining Japanese cuisine and regional ingredients in dishes like okonomiyaki with local ham, potato saradu, and wok-fried Tennessee trout with ginger oil, nanban slaw, and steamed buns. Guests can grab a spot in the grass adjacent to the neighboring Ascend Amphitheater, where the Nashville Symphony will begin playing at 9:10PM while watching one of the largest choreographed fireworks displays in the country. Make a reservation at The Green Pheasant.
Rockwood Grill, Palm Desert, California
Under the stars of Palm Desert, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is drawing guests to the Rockwood Grill to celebrate Independence Day for a very special evening. The elaborate fireworks display happens at the Desert Springs Golf Club and the fun thing about this location is, prior to the show, diners can float on a private gondola through Venetian-inspired waterways to reach the Rockwood Grill. The menu will feature barbecue classics, clever plays on familiar desserts and pink flamingo milkshake adorned with cotton candy, macaroons, mini donuts, lollipops, and a sprinkle rim for sharing. Make a reservation at Rockwood Grill.
King Tide Fish & Shell, Portland, Oregon
Find the best fireworks viewing on banks of the Willamette River in Portland where King Tide Fish & Shell is hosting their annual 4th of July event. The patio opens at 6PM with the first glass of red, white, or sparkling wine on the house. A bountiful buffet from 7-9PM will feature local salads, corn-on-the-cob, grilled King salmon, whole roasted pig, and peach cobbler. Guests can eat, drink, and relax until the fireworks begin when the Waterfront Blues Festival strikes up a chord on the lawn by the restaurant’s patio. Make a reservation at King Tide Fish & Shell.
Bluegold, Huntington Beach, California
Oceanfront is an ideal viewing spot for fireworks displays, and Bluegold is no exception. The prime place to watch the Huntington Beach fireworks show, this Pacific Ocean eatery is home to New American cuisine with gorgeous water and pier views in Orange County. Don’t miss ordering the Bluegold burger, prepared with a dry-aged blend of beef, pickles, tomato, grilled onion, lettuce, American cheese, and special sauce on a milk bun. Make a reservation at Bluegold.
TRACE, Austin, Texas
TRACE in Downtown Austin is focusing on the all-day fun this July 4th with an all-day brunch menu including specials like the barbecue sampler plate featuring brisket, pork ribs, jalapeno cheddar sausage, beans, potato salad, and cornbread. Other treats are slated to include a red, white, and blue parfait, hot dog Benedict, chocolate cherry tart, and the American classic, banana pudding. Just as the night descends, venture over to the lake for Austin’s weird and wonderful fireworks. Make a reservation at TRACE.
Waterbar, San Francisco, California
This legendary San Francisco seafood restaurant is known for sprawling views all year long, but during the July 4th, it’s an especially cool place to eat. Spanning the San Francisco Bay, Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, and the Embarcadero skyline, Waterbar guests can watch the fireworks and dine on Parke Ulrich’s daily menu of fish and oysters. Waterbar is ideal for groups who love sharing; don’t miss dishes like the grilled two-pound whole tail snapper with coal- roasted Vidalia onions, bacon vinaigrette, and grilled Romano beans; roasted shellfish platter with lobster, tiger prawns, mussels, clams, and moquecca; and the Burmese curry pork cheeks with egg noodles, smoked egg yolk, crisp ginger, and spring onion pancake served with warm cheese curds, urfa biber chili, and salmon roe. Make a reservation at Waterbar.
Aba, Chicago, Illinois
The rooftop patio is at Aba is already a diner’s dream, with all the Mediterranean influences you’d expect in flowering, vine-draped tables high above the city’s historic Fulton Market District. On July 4th, this is where all the culinary and fireworks viewing action happens, with Mediterranean-inspired drinks and dishes like charred eggplant spread, grilled octopus, and chicken kefta kebab. New cocktails to try for the occasion include the Friesling and green chili bramble. Make a reservation at Aba.
Rusty Pelican, Biscayne, Florida
Gathering at the Rusty Pelican is a see-and-be-seen rite of passage in Biscayne, but it’s the views from the Rusty Pelican that cause diners’ jaws to drop on that very first visit. Waterfront scenes from this staple eatery are among the finest in the state with the Miami skyline sparkling in the distance across Biscayne Bay. The top floor July 4th celebration will include general admission and window-seating options and a dinner buffet of St. Louis barbecue ribs with whiskey barbecue sauce; garlic-crusted prime rib with balsamic chimichurri; homemade mac and cheese with aged cheddar, smoked gouda, and grated parmesan; and desserts. When Miami’s fireworks display lights up the sky, diners can switch to dancing to the tunes of a DJ. Make a reservation at Rusty Pelican.
Abigaile Restaurant and Brewery, Hermosa Beach, California
Outdoor fireplaces, Pacific Ocean views, and an utterly chill atmosphere draw diners to Abigaile in Hermosa Beach – but for burger-and-beer lovers, there are other reasons to carve out an evening to watch the fireworks here. The Abigaile is known for its dry-aged brewery burger with caramelized onions and mushrooms, mustard aioli, gruyere cheese, arugula, and crispy fries. Plus, the brewery at Abigaile consists of a 15-barrel copper brewing system dispensing up to six different types of beer at any time. The Ocean Bar on the South Bay at Abigaile is sure to be packed on July 4th for viewing the fireworks presented by Redondo Beach and the City of Torrance. Make a reservation at Abigaile Restaurant and Brewery.
BLT Prime, Miami, Florida
Golf courses make for astounding fireworks viewing, thanks to the unobstructed distance between earth and sky. And at BLT Prime steakhouse on July 4th, guests can sit in the cool dining room of Trump National Doral or on the patio to watch fireworks on the horizon presented by the City of Doral. Diners can choose from a menu featuring fine cuts of meat like 28-day dry-aged New York strip and Kansas City bone-in strip, Porterhouse, and seafood favorites like tuna tartare and Dover sole. Make a reservation at BLT Prime in the Doral Miami.
EPIC Steak, San Francisco, California
Between local Bay area craft beers, gorgeous steaks, and seafood and truly epic views of the San Francisco Bridge, EPIC Steak is the answer to fine dining and fireworks gazing. From the expansive windows of the dining room to the patio bar, guests will have a front-row seat to see the light show. Diners can choose from the full dinner menu and a separate bar menu showcasing dishes like Schmitz Ranch steak tartare tabasco with lemon, Dijon emulsion and toast; Dungeness Washington Coast-caught crab cocktail; a sustainably harvested shellfish indulgence platter with crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, and ceviche; and irresistible beef dishes like prime Côte de boeuf, A5 Miyazaki Wagyu steak, and whole-salt roasted prime rib au jus. Make a reservation at EPIC Steak.
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Photo credits: Jeff Marini (Aba); Simon Nicholls (BlueGold); Matt Wronski (EPIC); Andrea Behrends (Green Peasant); Cory Ryan (TRACE).