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.
Every year 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
To ensure social distancing measures, there will be several fireworks launched unexpectedly. They won’t last more than 5 minutes. They will be launched every day from Monday, June 29 to July 4 from a secret location.
All of the week’s shows will be broadcast on a special program on July 4, starting at 8 p.m. on NBC (EDT).
The following post is about the 4th of July fireworks when the situation is normal. It will be updated in the first semester of 2021 when we have more information.
When the New York 4th of July fireworks start?
They start between 9 and 9:20 pm. They last between 25 to 30 minutes.
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!!! 🙂
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 were then launched from 4 different barges on the East River (between 23rd St and 34th).
However, in 2019 the fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge!!
What are the ideal locations to see the best of the 4th of July Macy’s Fireworks in New York?
I highly recommend watching the Macy’s fireworks 2019 from Brooklyn Bridge park. I think that place will be the most spectacular.
Macy’s released more information with the best spots where to see the Fireworks.
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:
FROM THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
It’s truly magical to see the fireworks from the ESB but honestly it’s rather hard to get a spot. Actually, there are only 250 spots and these tickets are being sold $459.24 per person, which grants you access to the 86th floor and enjoy a selection of wine, beers and hors d’oeuvre.
FROM THE TOP OF THE ROCK
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 🙂
FROM THE ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY
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.
FROM THE WHYTE HOTEL BAR:
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
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.
The ultimate best free tip
If you have friends who happen to live in an apartment with a view high above on the Hudson 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 🙂
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
Here’s a very nice video of Macy’s Fireworks with a magnificent ending:
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