New York celebrates Independence Day with a bang! The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the skies above Manhattan and Brooklyn with the nation’s largest pyrotechnic display. This year the fireworks will be launched from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and barges on the lower East River. More than 3 million spectators will enjoy the dazzling show, with millions more viewing the spectacle via the live national telecast.
The 25-minute fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:20pm. It will include 40,000 pyrotechnic shells and 5,000 custom-made effects, many incorporating the world-famous bridge. The display is choreographed to a score of patriotic songs and new musical selections. Viewers can tune in to radio station 1010 WINS-AM to hear the accompanying musical score.
Before the fireworks there’s plenty of patriotic fun – two flyovers from U.S. Navy F-18 jets at 7:30 p.m., a flight from the NYPD Helicopter unit at 7:45 p.m., and the FDNY will present their 4th of July water show beginning at 8 p.m.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks is a free public event. Tickets are not for sale.
The fireworks may be viewed from anywhere with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River. Manhattan public viewing sections will be the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:
Manhattan Viewing Access Points
- Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street).
- Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place (viewing both north & south of the Brooklyn Bridge).
- Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street (viewing between Heliport & south side of Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Viewing Access Points
- Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.
- Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.
The following pedestrian streets will be closed to all non-emergency vehicle traffic:
- Montague Street: from Court Street to Montague Terrace
- Remsen Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace
- Old Fulton Street from Hicks Street to Furman Street
- Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue
- Columbia Heights from Montague Street to Old Fulton Street
- Hicks Street from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street
There is a viewing location set aside for those with special needs/access requirements. Call Macy’s at 212-494-4495 for the most up-to-date information about special needs viewing.
For those who cannot attend, the fireworks spectacular will be televised live on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. (outside NYC, check your local listings). The show will be hosted by Nick Cannon and feature performances from Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert and Lionel Ritchie among others.
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