The annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks celebrates another year with another huge display of fireworks for the holiday, shooting up over the East River in NYC. Whether you’re in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn, you can watch the fireworks for miles around. Check out our rundown of the fireworks schedule, unobstructed views of the display and more below. And, for those who are not in the area, you can watch the fireworks show on television or via live stream online from 8 – 10 p.m. ET.
Places to Watch the Fireworks
In the past, the following have proven to have good views of the fireworks:
– Your own window/terrace or a friend’s home
– Brooklyn Bridge Park
– Berry Park
– Carl Schurz Park
– Brooklyn Grange rooftop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
– The Seaport District
– Grand Ferry Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
– East River State Park
– Brooklyn Heights Promenade
– Liberty State Park
Additional Local Viewing Areas for the Fireworks
This year, the NYC fireworks display will be shot off on five barges, which will be positioned between 24th Street and 41st Street on the East River.
Areas with good views include Midtown, Long Island City, the East Village, Williamsburg and Greenpoint. And, as for public viewing points:
E 42nd Street & FDR Drive
E 34th Street and FDR Drive
E 23rd Street and FDR Drive
E 16th Street and Avenue C
Houston Street and FDR Drive
WNYC Transmitter Park
East River State Park
South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge Park were previously favorite spots to watch the fireworks, but pix11 says this year they will not yield the same quality of views for the fireworks display.
Available Local NYC Area Transportation to Fireworks
Subways and Trains are ideal, but be sure to check your local train schedule, which could be running on a holiday schedule.
Other fireworks displays in the area include the Coney Island’s Fourth of July celebration or Jersey City’s Freedom & Fireworks Festival.
Most displays will take place around 9 p.m. ET, while the Macy’s Fireworks are designated to star around 9:25 p.m. ET and last approximately 25 minutes.