On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. Today, in 2015 on July 4th, Americans and visitors alike, celebrate with fireworks, parades, festivals, and barbecues surrounded by friends and family. In New York City, there’s an infinite amount of different Fourth of July events going on and the one that takes the cake is certainly going to be the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. It is the largest fireworks show in the United States and if you’re not here in New York City to catch it live, it is broadcasted across the United States along with tons of musical performances.
The first Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show was in 1976 in celebration of the nations’ bicentennial. Since then the show has been outdoing itself year after year. At approximately 9:20 pm on July 4th, you’ll get to see 25 minutes of fireworks in all their glory. The show will take place at two locations on the East River – the Midtown area and the South Street Seaport. This is making for a bigger show which means even more spots for everyone to view the fireworks.
With that being said, where should you watch the Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks? Think of the Brooklyn Bridge as the centerpiece for the show, so anywhere you could see the bridge, is where you’ll have perfect sight of the fireworks. Remember, you want to grab your spot way in advance so showing up at 8:30pm is not going to work.
- Manhattan: The FDR Drive is part of Macy’s official viewing spots. There are entry points at Broad Street (ground level), Old Slip (upper level), Pearl & Frankfort, Houston Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, and 42nd Keep in mind these areas tend to fill up the fastest and will close as they reach capacity so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to grab a spot.
- Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park is right under the action with the City skyline in the back drop. The good thing about this location is you could spend the afternoon there, lay some blankets down, have a picnic and as the sun starts to set, you’ll end up with a prime viewing spot.
- Queens: Long Island City is right along the East River, and the higher you can get, the better. Queensbridge Park or any of the various parks along Center Blvd will get you in on the action. As we said, the higher the location the better – so, check to see if you can get ticket to one of the rooftop parties in the area. Both Z NYC Hotel and Ravel Hotel will be hosting exciting parties.
- By Sea: CitySightseeing New York offers a first row seat to the fireworks along with great music, food options and a cash bar. There is no doubt it will be a night to remember.
No matter what you end of doing, thanks to Macy’s, this 4th of July is set to be an explosion of fun.