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Patriotic Things to Do in NYC & 4th of July Fireworks

Patriotic Things to Do in NYC & 4th of July Fireworks

July 4th Fireworks - Things to Do in NYC

Few places in the U.S. offer as perfect a setting to celebrate the 4th of July as New York City. Across our nation's cultural capital, NYC Independence Day celebrations are among the country's best, with streetside grills alight all day, and fireworks bursting in every direction as soon as the sun sets. Soaring high above the rest is the 39th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show, thoughtfully launched from three barges in the East River for optimal viewing from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.


About the Show

Every year is bigger and better than the last, and 2014 was a show for the ages. Set against the majestic Brooklyn Bridge, more than 40,000 fireworks launched in time with 25 minutes of patriotic music, and this year promises to be even more spectacular. A flyover by two Navy F-18 jets kicks things off at 7:30pm, followed by a squadron of NYPD helicopters, and an FDNY boat / water show on the river at 8pm.


Where & How to Watch

Like any FREE event in NYC, the trick to a good spot is timing. Even though the fireworks aren't scheduled until 9pm, you'll want to secure your vantage point no later than 5pm, so pack a picnic basket or cooler with refreshments. While many places south of the Williamsburg Bridge on Manhattan's east coast will offer a fine view, there are a few spots not far from our hotel that are better than others, such as:

  • Broad Street or Old Slip at Water Street (between the Heliport and Brooklyn Bridge)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Entry (St. James / Pearl Street & Wagner Place)
  • Montgomery & South Streets (between Manhattan Bridge & Montgomery)