Places to Visit in New York: 4th of July Viewing Points
The 4th of July is this upcoming Wednesday (sorry three-day weekend lovers). If you're coming to the big apple, you're most likely here to see the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks. It's the nation's largest firework show ever! During the 25-min display, there will be a reported total of 75,000 shells and different effects set off to light up the New York City sky. The event begins at 9:25 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4th. In case you're still trying to figure out the best viewing points, let me help you out a little.
The official viewing points in Manhattan are:
42nd Street & FDR Drive
34th Street & FDR Drive
23rd Street & FDR Drive
18th Street & Avenue C
Houston Street & FDR Drive
This year, the barges that will launch the firework shells will be set up along the East River between 23rd and 42nd Streets. Sorry Brooklynites, Macy’s no longer posts a barge by the Brooklyn Bridge, so the best viewing spots in Brooklyn will be north—in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. If you can't climb to your roof because it has an obstructed view of the NYC skyline then head to one of the following places to grab a spot before the show begins:
Transmitter Park in Greenpoint (West Street between Kent Street & Greenpoint Avenue)
East River State Park in Williamsburg (90 Kent Avenue)
Domino Park in Williamsburg (15 River Street)
Wherever you decide to go just remember, get there EARLY in order to grab a spot! The crowds will surely be an issue if you arrive just before the show begins. Also, think twice about what you bring with you. Some parks will not be allowing the following items:
Tents and other large furniture
Bags may be subject to search
Comment below what your 4th of July plans are this year! Whatever they are, stay safe and have a great day!