Where to Watch: Prime Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing Spots

Friday, July 01, 2011

Fireworks in the New York City Sky Fireworks in the New York City Sky (Photo by Howard N2GOT/flickr)

On Monday, the 35th Annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks will shoot over the Hudson River from six barges. The sky will light up between 20th and 55th Sts. in Manhattan. You can enjoy the show from any place that offers an unobstructed view of the sky over the river.


    For a price

    • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum For $100 a pop ($90 for members), ticketholders can enjoy a tour of the museum before the fireworks display. The flight deck of the WWII aircraft carrier on Pier 86 will provide V.I.P viewing, and speakers will blast Macy's simultaneous musical score simultaneously of the fireworks musical score. In Manhattan.
    • NY Waterway  Dinner Cruise Enjoy a four-course-meal while floating over the Hudson River underneath the fireworks. The cruise costs $299 per person. In Manhattan.
    • The Sky Room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Times Square Now in its second year, this party spot on the 34th floor of the Fairfield Inn & Suites boasts a 360 degree view of the city. General admission is $100 to hang out in the room for five hours. Drinks are free. At W. 40th St. between Eight and Ninth Aves. In Manhattan.

    If you're in the mood to catch some pre-Independence Day fireworks, here are some other spots to see flashes in the sky

    • Coney Island Beach Every Friday at 9:30 P.M. through Sept. 2, the Brooklyn Alliance Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring fireworks during the Cyclones' season above Coney Island Beach. Viewing at 10th and 11th Streets. In Brooklyn.
    • Wolfes Pond Park On Saturday at 9 P.M., fireworks will shoot off over Raritan Bay. Viewing at Corneila, Holton and Luten Aves. At 7.P.M., catch a pre-show performance by the United States Army Band. In Staten Island.
    • Fort Hamilton At a barge 1,000 feet from Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, a fireworks display will be held at 9:45 P.M. on Saturday. Ne-Yo performs a concert before the fireworks. Viewing at the Sgt. Deon Taylor Ball Fields at 101st and Fort Hamilton Parkway. In Brooklyn.
    • Breezy Point On Saturday, at 9:30 P.M., fireworks will light up the sky over Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Peninsula. Viewing on the peninsula or in Brighton Beach across the bay. In Queens.


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    Comments [6]

    Appreciative from New York City

    To those who say boycott Macy's: New Yorkers should be thankful for the generosity of Macy's for putting on this annual event in New York for FREE. I would have liked it if the fireworks were shot off on the East River rather than the Hudson River, but it is Macy's call.

    Macy's does get tremendous free advertising and goodwill by hosting probably the premiere Independence Day celebration fireworks display in the country, but be thankful for their efforts rather than criticize.

    Jul. 05 2012 01:24 PM

    Boycotting Macy's until the support ALL of NYC!

    Jul. 03 2012 02:29 PM
    Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

    MUSIC AND FIREWORKS GO TOGETHER LIKE MOTHERHOOD AND APPLE PIE !!! AMERICANA music includes all the formats that have transfigured our image from a concept of a melting pot to a vigorous happy extollment of our individual backgrounds of national origin, race, religion, and creed. Our country should revel in our diversity and expression of our individual cultures with their mores and ideals. This past Saturday, June 9th, I sang a program at the YOGA, RAW FOOD EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel entitled BRING HIM HOME, including that named selection from the Broadway musical LES MISERABLES. The selections relate to our times and our concerns, our love of country, especially to sustaining hope for a better world for all, free of the conflicts of war and with the most urgent concern to bring our troops back home. On Saturday September 8th, I will repeat the program, with 38 selections in a three hour concert, same title, at the Lake Hiawatha Library (NJ), starting at 1 PM. Included on the presentation will be The Impossible Dream [the Quest], Climb Ev'ry Mountain, The House I Live In, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Do You Hear the People Sing?, When Johnnie Comes Marching Home, This Land is Your Land, You'll Never Walk Alone, Granada, Kimbaya, New York, New York, Billy Bigelow's Soliloquy from Carousel, There's No Business Like Show Business, St. Louis Blues, Dixie, Wien, Wien, nur du allein, My Old Kentucky Home, Carry Me Back TO Old Virginny, Easter Parade [Fifth Avenue figures here), San Francisco, Chicago, La Vie en Rose, Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, Some Enchanted Evening, Summertime, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Big D, I Love Paris in the Springtime, Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis, Oklahoma, On the Street Where You Live, Around the World, Arriverderci Roma, Valencia and Earth Anthem, which I premiered in 1998 as an environmental tribute to our MOTHER EARTH and 4 more numbers. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles and voice production and dramaturgy techniques. Websites:,, and where one may download, free, 37 complete "Live from Carnegie Hall" selections that I have sung in four concerts, three of them three hours-long solo concerts and one concert, a Joint Recital with the dramatic soprano Norma Jean Erdmann, in the main hall of Carnegie Hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, by opening up, downloading, from the "Recorded Selections" venue.

    Jul. 02 2012 03:52 PM
    shatsby from ny

    why is the main part of NY being deprived of fireworks again? boycott macys.

    Jul. 04 2011 10:41 PM
    Ron Callari from New Jersey

    Great tribute to the Statue by NJ for her 125th - song & video -

    Jul. 03 2011 05:38 PM

    Thanks for the info.. You have the most organized details for viewing the show I've found.

    Jul. 02 2011 05:29 PM

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