2018 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

2018 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th
Jul 04, 2018
Official Site


Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the nation’s largest Independence Day display, will return to the East River this year for it's 41st Anniversary. 

From Macy's...

"A pyrotechnic anthem for the ages will ignite New York City’s famed skyline on Tuesday, July 4, as the 41st Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® launch an unrivaled barrage of color, shape, light and sound to celebrate Independence Day. The nation’s largest pyrotechnic display will come to life over the East River, captivating more than 3 million spectators lining the shorelines, waterways, streets and rooftops of the Big Apple and millions more on television coast-to-coast as together they marvel at the nation’s largest and most exciting party. Beginning at approximately 9:25 p.m., the first shells will launch the celebration along the shores of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn with more than 60,000 effects rumbling toward the grand finale.

The 41st edition of the festivities will showcase a 25-minute display featuring never-before-seen shells and effects. Pyro Spectaculars by Souza is once again at the helm of the pyrotechnics that will feature multiple new shells including color changing chrysanthemums, purple crackling ghost peonies, orange bees, and pulsing happy faces in 23 electrifying colors including fuchsia, lemon and aqua. Revelers enjoying the show are encouraged to experience the full explosive display by tuning in to radio station 1010 WINS-AM to hear the musical score to which the show is choreographed."

Independence Day spectators from coast-to-coast can catch all the action in the sky by tuning to NBC’s two-hour national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” beginning at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings). In addition to the pyrotechnic splendor, the 4th of July’s most popular entertainment special will feature performances from the nation’s hottest musical acts.  Stay tuned for more exciting details about this year's display.

New Macy's map shows fireworks will NOT be visible from Brooklyn Bridge Park or Brooklyn Promenade this year.  Barges will be located between 24th and 41st Streets if viewing from Manhattan.


FDR Drive - Midtown, Kip's Bay, Gramercy Park, East Village

Long Island City - Near Queens Midtown Tunnel

Williamsburg, Greenpoint - Brooklyn Waterfront 

Viewing locations in Manhattan:

- East 42nd Street & FDR Drive
  (Take train to Grand Central 4,5,6,7,S and walk or bus to FDR)

- East 34th Street and FDR Drive
  (Take train to Herald Square B,D,F,M, N,Q,R,W and walk to bus to FDR)

- East 23rd Street and FDR Drive

  (23rd St stations 4,6 or N,Q,R,W and walk or bus to FDR)

- East 16th Street and Avenue C
  (14th St stations L (1st Av) or Union Sq 2,4,5,6,L,N,Q,R,W and walk or bus to FDR)

- Houston Street and FDR Drive
  (2nd Ave station (Houston St) F,M and walk or bus to FDR)

Area Parks

- Robert Moses Playground (East 42nd St and UN Plaza) more
- Ralph Bunche Park (1st Ave betw 42nd and 43rd St) more
- East River Bikeway (14th to 25th St) more
- East River Esplanade (Near 35th St) more
- East River Walk (E 63 St to E 81 St) more

Restaurants with a View (Manhattan):

- RiverPark more
- Little River Beer Garden more
- Salvation Taco Rooftop more
Viewing location in Queens:

- Gantry Plaza State Park LIC more
- Hunters Point South Park more

Viewing location in Brooklyn:

- WNYC Transmitter Park more
- East River State Park more

Restaurants with a View (Greenpoint/Williamsburg)

- The Ides Bar more
- Berry Park more
- Northern Territory more
- Westlight more

Additional info:

To view NYC Subway Map click here

To find a nearby hotel click here

For info on July 4th cruises click here 

For Macy's press release click here

For list of performers click here

For map of Macy's barges click here

For a list of NYC rooftop bars click here

For more information on the 41st annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, please visit www.macys.com/fireworks or call the Macy’s Fireworks Hotline at (212) 494-4495


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