4th of July is finally here and, in a time-honored tradition, so is the Macy’s Firework Show!

Back with a bang and a whirlwind of color, New York’s Independence Day firework display by excellence is a 25-minute pyrotechnic showcase that lights up the sky to the delight of millions of viewers across the nation. Out of those millions, tens of thousands will take to the streets to watch the display live, soaring over the East River. And let’s be honest, this is the proper way to see it.

But where will people head to get the best view? There are many options that offer incredible views. What will it be? Paid or free? Official or off the beaten path? Check below for all the information you need to make the most of those 2,400 bursts and effects a minute. A patriotic thrill-fest for everyone!

4th of July Statue Cruise

macy fireworks night view new york 4th july

Not looking forward to hot, crowded streets on the 4th of July? Try out a cool river cruise instead! Pair that with a delicious buffet and a DJ providing the perfect soundtrack as you watch the sunset behind the Statue of Liberty – you can’t ask for more on Independence Day. Starting at 18:45, you can enjoy the day around NYC before watching day turn to night from the deck. Everything’s included, so stand back, relax and prepare for one of the best views available.

Venue name Castle Clinton – Battery Park
Opening hours
  • Check-in is from 18:00
  • Boarding starts at 18:45, departure is at 19:00
  • Cruise ends at 23:00
Address Departure is from Battery Park, Gangway 3
Getting There Subway: Bowling Green Station

Departure: From Battery Park, Gangway 3 (17 State St, New York)


4th of July Beach Party

Coney_Island_beach_on_4th_July

Did someone call for a beach party? Coney Island provides the perfect setting for the annual 4th of July Beach Party. There’s guaranteed fun and entertainment with live music, food, drinks, more food and the sea. Last year’s party began at nine in the morning and went until midnight, so be prepared for a full day celebration. If you want an additional adrenaline rush, head to Luna Park and take a ride on the Cyclone – it’s known as “The mother of American rollercoaster culture” for good reason. And, of course, the Macy’s Fireworks Show will top the whole day off – it’s what you came to see in the first place!

Venue name Coney Island – Luna Park
Opening hours
  • Daily from 6:00 – 21:00, but 4th of July is a special exception. Be prepared to party until midnight!
Address W 10th St, Brooklyn, 11224
Getting There Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave; F, Q to W 8th St–NY Aquarium; Q to Ocean Pky; B, Q to Brighton Beach

Address: Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224


Macy’s official vantage points

FDR Drive Macy vantage points

Macy’s itself has set up some handy vantage points so you can catch the best views of their annual extravaganza and the impressive light show later on. Remember, it’s very important to be there early! Vantage points are set up along the East River between East 24th and East 41st streets. As crowds build, some of these locations will be closed and spectators will be redirected to additional open access points along the FDR Drive.

Venue name FDR Drive – Manhattan
Opening hours

All day

Address
  • 42nd St and FDR Drive
  • 34th St and FDR Drive
  • 23rd St and FDR Drive
  • 18th St and Avenue C
Getting There
  • To Grand Central – 42 St: Lines 4, 5, 6, 7, S and Metro-North Railroad
  • To Times Square – 42 St: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R and 7

 

Vantage points: 42nd St and FDR Drive – 34th St and FDR Drive –  23rd St and FDR Drive – 18th St and Avenue C (close to Stuyvesant Town)


‘Unofficial’ vantage points

Although they’ve never been listed as official Macy’s viewing locations, it should be possible to see the fireworks from the spots below (as long as these parks stay open on the evening of the 4th of July):

  • Lower Manhattan’s East River Park and the waterfront area between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
  • Brooklyn’s Grand Ferry Park and East River State Park in Williamsburg and WNYC Transmitter Park in Greenpoint
  • Queens’ waterfront Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

For more information regarding transport, access, and parking, check out the Macy’s dedicated 4th of July page.

And, if all else fails…

NBC will transmit a daylong live feed of the show and fireworks. On the plus side, you’ll get to see it from every angle. All from the comfort of your couch!

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Yasmine Gleghorn

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Yasmine is an English/Spanish hybrid who's lost count of the countries she's lived in. Typing away in Tiqets' Content team, she's best known for taking European city breaks and complaining about the lack of baked goods in Dutch supermarkets.
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