BELOW IS BASED ON 2017 INFORMATION. THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WHEN MACY'S RELEASES ITS 2018 LOCATION.
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.
"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.
BEST VIEWING LOCATIONS:
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)
- 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
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
All events and times are subject to change.