The patriotic party-planners behind the Macy’s Fourth of July live fireworks extravaganza happening next Wednesday evening have made sure to provide their usual thorough and handy guide suggesting prime spots for experiencing the world-famous pyrotechnics show. Get the 411 on official viewing points and use the interactive neighborhood finder to make sure you’re well-situated when things go boom.
In Midtown, for example, watching with Long Island City as a backdrop makes this one of the best viewing points in town. The map includes subway information and directions, too. Note that as crowds build, some locations will be closed and spectators will be redirected to additional open access points along the FDR Drive.
The lightshow will be launched from seven barges stationed along the East River between East 23rd and East 40th Streets. In Manhattan the public viewing sections will be the elevated portions of the FDR Drive. In Brooklyn, the fireworks may be viewed from any area in Brooklyn with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River. Not suggested for viewing: Battery Park, Battery Park City, Roosevelt Island, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Spots in Williamsburg/Greenpoint and Long Island City aren’t “official,” but they offer amazing views and may be less crowded and tourist-filled.
The map also incorporates neighborhood guides that provide highlights and list some things to do and see once the pyrotechnics are over. The main event site provides all the info you need including times, rules and regs.
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