Places to Visit in New York: 4th of July Viewing Points

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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

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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:

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:

  • Large bags

  • Coolers

  • Alcohol

  • Open flames

  • 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! 

xo, Sha