New Yorkers will celebrate Independence Day in their typical big, flashy, over-the top manner – the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.
The 36th Annual free fireworks show will feature 40,000 fireworks fired from four barges in the Hudson River. The pyrotechnics are “choreographed” to a 25-minute score of songs selected by Macys’ Facebook Fans. The 12 songs include Ray Charles, Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Taylor Swift, along with patriotic classics like “Yankee Doodle,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “God Bless America.” Tune into Fresh 102.7 FM or 1010 Wins to listen to the live broadcast.
This year’s show is titled, “Ignite the Night, “ and the preshow will feature performances by Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney.
The fireworks can be enjoyed from anywhere with a view of the sky over the Hudson River. Those wanting a close-up view should head to 12th Avenue between 24th and 59th Street. (Because of the island’s curve, the shoreline south of West 24th Street will have obstructed views.) NOTE: Hudson River parks, promenade, and bike path between Houston and 59th Street will be closed. Many streets will be closed, so driving to the spectacle is NOT a good option.
This year, the fireworks spectacular has its own mobile app, which includes details of the show, allows users to hear the score via their phone, Ipad or mobile device, and offers real-time transit and viewing info. Click here to download the free app.
For more information, see the official website.