Nothing says July 4th in NYC quite like the Macy’s Fireworks show. This Tuesday NYC will be lining up to watch the show, here’s where you’ll get the best views.
The 41st Annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show is tomorrow and as New Yorkers head towards the east river trying to get the best view of the spectacle, here’s the lowdown on where you will actually get a good view of the 25-minute pyrotechnic extravaganza.
This year all the action will take place on a concentrated stretch of the East River, between 24th Street and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. this differs to last year’s show that happened along a much more expansive area, from the South Street Seaport to Midtown.
The fireworks display, assuming there are no delays, will begin at 9:25, and continue until 9:50.
MANHATTAN — Nearly 60,000 shells of colorful explosives will be blasted into the sky Tuesday evening for the 41st Annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show, as fireworks fans line up along the waterfront and in high-rises facing the East River.
This year the show will take place along a more concentrated stretch of the East River between 24th Street and the Queens Midtown Tunnel, compared to last year which stretched from the South Street Seaport to Midtown.
The pyrotechnic display will start at 9:25 p.m. and last about 25 minutes.
According to Macy’s, you’ll get the best view of the show along FDR Drive (between 18th Street and 34th Street) and at the East River Park (check out Macy’s map at the bottom of this article). Our advice would be to get there early, especially if you plan on heading to FDR Drive as access points may get closed down because of crowding.
If you are looking for a little insider advice, avoid Manhattan entirely. In Brooklyn and Queens you can enjoy some great views of the show at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave.), Grand Ferry Park 1 (Grand St), WNYC Transmitter Park 8-24 (Greenpoint Ave), Gantry Plaza State Park (4-09 47th Rd). The best part of heading across the river, or staying there as the case may be, is that not only will you be able to enjoy the show, but you’ll avoid the Manhattan overcrowding.
Finally, enjoy the show! After all, nothing says independence day like 60k colorful explosives in the skies of the city.
Featured image source [Flickr | Anthony Quintano]