Enjoy the 4th of July in New York: Macy’s Fireworks

Macy's Fireworks

The 4th of July Fireworks are without a doubt an event that you have to attend if you’re in New York during this time.
Since the declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, the United States welcomes Independence Day with great enthusiasm.
In New York, the event is celebrated in the evening with fireworks sponsored by Macy’s, the department store.
In this article, you’ll find all the details to enjoy the 40th Macy’s Fireworks show to the fullest. This year, the fireworks will take place on the East River close to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Macy’s Fireworks during the Covid-19 pandemic

Even in the particular context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Macy’s fireworks 2021 are back.

When the New York 4th of July fireworks start?

They start between 9 and 9:20 pm. They last between 25 to 30 minutes.

Macy's Fireworks

What’s Macy’s Fireworks’ budget?

Macy’s is sponsoring the 4th of July fireworks with an estimated budget of more than $100,000.
And yes, they don’t do things lightly!!! 🙂

Macy's Fireworks

Where the fireworks are being launched?

For 2014, Bill de Blasio decided to take the fireworks back at their original spot, the East River, instead of the Hudson.
Fireworks are then planned to be launched from 4 different barges on the East River (between 23rd St and 34th).

Photo: Business Wire

What are the ideal locations to see the best of the 4th of July Macy’s Fireworks in New York?

I am waiting on the official information to give you my best tips 😉

Paying venues to see Macy’s Fireworks:

What about going on a New York rooftop to enjoy the view?
Here are some of the places where you can see the fireworks (TBC for 2021):

It’s truly magical to see the fireworks from the ESB but honestly it’s rather hard to get a spot. There are only 250 spots, and these tickets are sold for $459.24 per person, which grants you access to the 86th floor and enjoy a selection of wine, beers, and hors d’oeuvre.

Purchase here your tickets

Macy's Fireworks

It’s also possible to go to the Top of the Rock and here, as far as I know, there is no special rate for the fireworks. On the other hand, space is limited; they won’t let everyone get up there 🙂

Macy's Fireworks

The One World Obervatory opened by the end of May 2015, and a special event was held at this location for the Macy’s Fireworks 2018.
General Admission Ticket includes: Admission to One World Observatory 8-10PM, 2 hour open bar featuring beer & wine (Guests 21+), sparkling water & soda, all American fare including hot dogs & soft pretzels
– VIP Ticket includes: All General Admission benefits PLUS access to VIP Lounge, upgraded bar including wine, beer & spirits (Guests 21+), additional light bites.

Purchase here your tickets

OWO 4th

This Williamsburg bar, The Ides, which I discovered recently offers a magnificent view of the skyline. The only downside remains that it’s pretty far.
Rest assured that the place is very friendly, a great rooftop tip in NYC 😉
Address: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn

Macy's Fireworks

On the 4th of July, cruises let you get a glimpse of the festivities from the Statue of Liberty. A DJ will entertain you in addition to the buffet and drinks.
The yacht leaves starting 6pm and comes back at 11pm.

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Macy's Fireworks

The ultimate best free tip

If you have friends who happen to live in an apartment with a view high above on the East River then you’ll just have to join them, enjoy a glass of champagne and quietly appreciate the show without having to share your personal space with thousands of people 🙂

Macy's Fireworks

What TV channel broadcasts the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks?

If you’re not around New York, the fireworks are being showcased live on NBC at 9 pm.


If you decide to wait at your best spot to watch the fireworks and since it gets very hot in New York, make sure you bring:
– Few bottles of water
– A hat
– Sunscreen

Here’s a very nice video of Macy’s Fireworks with a magnificent ending:


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

2 commentaires

  1. Letty Aguinaga says:
    Wow there’s some much going on the 4 of July NYC!!!

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