Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hey, it's almost the Fourth of July

[Pic from 2015]

Once again, the Macy's 4th of July fireworks will launch from the East River... tomorrow night.

Here are some basics via the official Macy's News Release:

The 42nd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® will feature more than two miles of prime viewing along the shores of the East River. Macy’s annual Independence Day celebration will offer front row views for more than three million spectators in New York City and another 12 million viewers nationwide. The show, beginning at approximately 9:25 p.m. will ignite the sky over the East River centered in midtown with a series of more than 75,000 shells and effects.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks can be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River. The seven barges stationed between East 23rd and East 40th Streets are best seen from:


Public viewing will be set up along elevated portions of the F.D.R. Drive. The lanes will be opened to the public at approximately 7 PM with access at Houston, 23rd, 34th, and 42nd.

As Curbed noted in its July 4 preview, those 75,000 shells are up from a paltry 60,000 from last year. (Like comparing "Geostorm" to "Independence Day.")

Here's a map to give you a better idea of the barge location for optimal viewing...

[Map via Macy's and EV Arrow]

And if you're just going to be randomly driving around, there are some street closures to be aware of:

• East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
• Avenue C between 13th Street and Avenue C Entrance Ramp to FDR
• Avenue C Entrance Ramps
• 6th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
• 10th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
• 14th Street between Avenue C and Avenue B
• Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 23rd Street

And the always friendly reminder from the 9th Precinct...

Among other things, this could happen...

Headline H/T


Anonymous said...

Glad to see the fireworks are staying in East River Park where they belong. The crowds should help slow down the crazy cyclists. There was a crazy guy on a bike with those giant tires blasting rap music and terrorizing pedestrians on the promenade yesterday. I have seen him do it before, zig-zagging around people and kids at top speed. Too bad the cops who are sitting there joying the views don’t collar him for reckless riding.

Anonymous said...

Weird I was at BJ’s the other day and saw fireworks for sale. The was the BJ’s in Jersey city.

Anonymous said...

Ground based, non-exploding fireworks have been legal in NJ since a few days before last year's 4th of July but stores didn't have time to stock up. Basically it's a lot of different packaging and big names for sparklers and cinder burning colorful noise makers.

Scuba Diva said...

4th of July: otherwise known as "Armageddon" by all dogs and cats.

Giovanni said...

@ScubaDiva. I heard on the news that Macys plans to up the volume this year by adding some fireworks with Lou’s whistling effects in addition to the loud blockbuster-style boomers, so with their sensitive ears, dogs and cats are sure to be even more terrified than ever.