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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.
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.

When the New York 4th of July fireworks start?

They start between 9 and 9:20 pm.

How long the New York 4th of July fireworks last?

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!!! 🙂

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Where the fireworks are being launched?

For 2014, Bill de Blasio decided to restore the fireworks at their original spot, the East River instead of the Hudson. However, this change has actually cost an additional $500 000 extra to the city.
De Blasio, New York’s newest mayor since January 1st 2014, is blowing a wind of change and wants New Yorkers to enjoy the celebration in this new location. This one is located in the middle of New York City (between Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens) unlike the previous 5 years where it was taking place between Manhattan and New Jersey !!!
Fireworks will be launched from 4 different barges on the East River (between 23rd St and 34th) in 2017.

This is the map I prepared with the best spots where to see the Fireworks.

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 2017 from Gantry Plaza State Park. I think that place will be the most spectacular since you'll see the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building in the background.

The Greenpoint in Brooklyn has to be a great spot too!

And lastly, why not try to see the fireworks from a boat? This could be a great experience!

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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:

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 $350 per person, which allows you to gain access to the 86th floor and enjoy a selection of wine, beers and hors d'oeuvre.
Buy your tickets here: http://www.esbnyc.com/buy-tickets

Macy's Fireworks

It’s also possible to climb at 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 2016.
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 your tickets here.

OWO 4th

This Williamsburg bar, The Ides,  which I discovered very 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

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On the 4th of July, Circle Line cruise lets 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 5pm and comes back at 11pm.
Book here.

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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 🙂

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Entertainment at Macy’s fireworks

For 2016, here's the lineup of artists (artists tbc for 2017):
Hosted by Tamron Hall and Willie Geist.

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:

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