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What Time are the Fourth of July Fireworks in NYC? (And Other Tips For the 4th)

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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in NYC over the Hudson River

Every year, New York City puts on one of the best 4th of July firework displays in the country. If you plan on spending Independence Day in NYC, here is everything you need to know:

What time do the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks begin?

The 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th.

Where in NYC will the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks be held?

The fireworks display will be held over the Hudson River in Midtown Manhattan. The barges that launch the pyrotechnics into the sky will sit in the river from around 20th Street to about 50th Street.

Where should I go to watch the fireworks?

12th Avenue will be closed down to traffic and serves as the front row seat to the show. We would also highly recommend finding a rooftop somewhere in Manhattan to sit on, heading over to Jersey to watch the show from the cliffs of Weehawkin, or boarding a harbor cruise for the show.

What time should I go to watch the fireworks?

12th Avenue will close to traffic likely around 2 p.m. at which point people will begin lining the street. If you want a great seat, you should get there early.

What are the pros and cons to watching the fireworks from each recommended location?

  • The best view is probably from a harbor cruise on the water. Those are running for about $149 which includes some food, music, a cash bar and is an all-around fun time.
  • The closest view which is free is on the West Side Highway. You have to get there early and alcohol is not permitted on the street.
  • A Manhattan rooftop is a great choice, because it’s free, and you can typically show up 10 minutes before the show without any problem. The challenge is finding a rooftop that allows access. Also, once you find a place, it’s probably illegal to drink alcohol on said rooftop.
  • I’ve never been to Weehawkin for the 4th of July, but there is no better view of New York City than from those cliffs. Surly the fireworks won’t disappoint, though everyone from New Jersey will be trying to find a spot in Weehawkin to watch so you can expect a crowd.

Where are you going to watch the fireworks? Do you have any other tips? Let u know in the comments, and we’ll update this post accordingly.

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Where to Watch the 2012 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in NYC

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Spending the Fourth of July in New York City is one of those magical moments you’ll never forget.  Watching the bright colors exploding over the Empire State Building and the brilliant NYC skyline is an image that is so beautiful that 50 years from now it will still be burned into your mind.  Everyone in the world should get to experience it at least once in their lifetime.

One of the most common questions that tourists and residents alike have been asking is about a place to watch.  Where should I watch the 4th of July fireworks from?  Well, we’ve done the research for you, so here is our list of the best places to watch the Fourth of July firework show in New York City:

4. Riverside Park

Macy’s has said that the barges that will shoot off the fireworks will be positioned from 18th street to 48th street on the Hudson River.  This means that the further north you go, the less likely you are to get a good view.  Riverside Park is definitely a downgrade from the block party that will be Twelfth Avenue, but if you can get a spot at the very south end of the park may be worth checking out.  The NYC Parks Department will stop letting people in at 4 p.m., so get there early.

12th Ave will be closed at 2 p.m.
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3. Twelfth Avenue

Twelfth Avenue and the northbound lanes of the West Side Highway between 22nd and 59th will be closed to traffic at 2 p.m. and open to pedestrians.  Show up early and hang out with the crowd as you gear up for the big show over the Hudson, but don’t bring any backpacks, coolers or lawn chairs because police won’t let you in.

2. A Rooftop

Does your apartment building have rooftop access?  Do you have a friend that has rooftop access?  Enjoy the fireworks with an elevated view from the middle of Manhattan.  Fill a cooler with some ice cold beer, grab some friends and enjoy the privacy of your rooftop for the show.  Don’t worry about showing up early to get a good spot.  Just relax and have fun.

1. Fireworks Cruise (SOLD OUT)

While Twelfth Avenue will provide an up close view and your buddy’s roof could be a relaxing experience, nothing will be more fun or spectacular than a Fireworks Cruise on the East River.  Watching the show aboard a boat from the East River will not only give you access to a bar and live music from a DJ, but it will also give you the best view.  Not only do you get to see the fireworks, but you get to see them crack above the New York skyline.  From anywhere in Manhattan, Jersey will be you backdrop, but aboard a special Fireworks Cruise, you get the best view in the world.

Fourth of July in NYC (SOLD OUT)

Fourth of July Fireworks, NYC

(SOLD OUT) This year, celebrate the 4th of July the way you’ve always wanted to: in New York City!  Watch the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks from the waters around Manhattan aboard our annual exclusive Fireworks Cruise.  Enjoy a live DJ, a casual dinner menu and bar while you journey around New York and marvel at the fireworks above!  Tickets are going fast, so to reserve your seat, visit our website now! (SOLD OUT)

For other 4th of July Firework watching options, check out our blog post “Where to watch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in NYC”

Fourth of July Cruises in NYC

Happy Independence Day America!

This Fourth of July weekend, we’re excited to hop-off the bus for an amazing sightseeing cruise in the New York Harbor. 4th of July Cruises during the Macy’s Fireworks show are officially sold out, but there are still tons of cruises running throughout the day!

Head over to Pier 78 for an exciting City Sightseeing Cruise that will operate 40 minute cruises all weekend long from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Pier 78 located at West 38th Street and the Hudson River.

The cruise is $28 for adults and $17 for kids. The boat will tour the Manhattan Coast and stop near the Statue of Liberty for an amazing photo opp!

Boarding schedule for the holiday weekend:

Boat A – 10:00am    11:50am       1:50pm        3:50pm

Boat B – 10:30am    12:30pm       2:30pm        4:30pm

Boat C – 11:10am    1:10pm         3:10pm        5:10pm

The Macy’s  Fourth of July fireworks begin at 9pm on Monday, July 4th. Over 40,000 fireworks will be launched from 6 larges barges in the Hudson River, so make sure to check them out!

The theme of this year’s show is The Gift of Freedom which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and 235th birthday of the United States.

What’s your favorite location to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?