In 1777 the very first 4th of July fireworks lit up the skies in Philadelphia more than 200 years ago to celebrate our nation’s 1st anniversary of independence from England. Year after year, communities all over the U.S. continue this celebration of independence with spectacular fireworks shows, and it never grows old.
An American tradition for the past 40 years, Macy’s will celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks show. It’s the nation’s largest! There’s no fireworks show that beats it! It’s massive! It is a 30-minute-extravaganza of 50,000 effects, 40,000 shells, and viewed live by 3 million people each year! It holds the record for extraordinary entertainment for 38 years.
Past fireworks shows have included performances by popular artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Meghan Trainor, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley. This year Gloria Estefan will sing a new patriotic tune in the musical score.
Where are the best places to view fireworks in New York this year?
This year Macy’s is expanding their fireworks display to two locations on the East River.
- Midtown – Four additional barges will be stationed in the East River between East 23rd and East 37th Streets near Midtown
- The Brooklyn Bridge – One double-barge will be positioned south of the bridge
The fireworks will start at about 9:20pm. (Jersey City and Statue of Liberty fireworks start at 9:30pm. Jersey City will be displaying fireworks in front of the Statue of Liberty and in front of the Colgate Clock and Goldman Sachs building also).
The fireworks can be viewed from anywhere with open views of the sky above the East River: In Manhattan, the South Street Seaport or along FDR Drive; in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park or the Brooklyn Heights Promenade; and in Queens, along the waterfront in Long Island City. Tune into NBC’s 2-hour national broadcast for the best views of the fireworks. If you are unable to make the trip to New York, tune into NBC at 8pm on July 4th.
The best spots to view the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and others in Brooklyn are listed below:
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO: For breathtaking views of Macy’s fireworks and our gorgeous Manhattan skyline, be sure to arrive here early. This is considered the “golden spot,” and it will get crowded quickly.
- Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: You’ll have to stand to watch Macy’s fireworks display from here, but these two spots offer great views. You won’t be disappointed.
- Berry Park, Greenpoint: It’s required that you buy a drink to stay for views of all the barges from the roof deck at the watering hole off McCarren Park.
- Fornino Pizza, Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pizza and fantastic views of great fireworks from lower Manhattan should make for an awesome 4th of July celebration for all who bought their tickets for this show early. Tickets for the roof deck are already sold out. Make plans for next year!
- Brooklyn Grange, Greenpoint: Tickets to watch the fireworks and enjoy the sprawling rooftop farm views of Manhattan are no longer available for this spot either. If this sounds perfect to you, make plans to purchase your tickets A.S.A.P next year.
- The Ides Rooftop Bar at the Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg: Doors to the bar open at 7:30pm, and there’s a $25 cover charge to view the 4th of July celebration from the here.
- Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg: The fireworks coming off the barges near midtown can be seen from the waterfront park in tony Williamsburg. It is sure to be crowded as well, so arrive here early if this looks like the spot for you.
- MCU Park, Coney Island: Macy’s fireworks show can’t be seen from the Cyclones’ park, but the stadium will be shooting off their own, once the team’s game against the Williamsport Crosscutters is over. You should also be able to see that display from other parts of Coney Island.
If a family-friendly patriotic weekend is more your style, check out the 8th annual All-American Celebration in downtown Saratoga Springs. It’s a one-of-a-kind event which includes a live reading of the Declaration of Independence just before a fireworks show set to patriotic music at dusk on the 4th of July.
The weekend will include events like a patriotic parade, BBQ and dessert fest, classic car show, favorite patriotic pooches and more. You’ll find actors dressed in period clothing at Congress Park, along with a family photo op with Ben Franklin and General Burgoyne. The Historic City Tour tells the story of the people and places of Saratoga Springs’ past. Just before the fireworks are shot off and light up the sky, Congress Park will also host a live reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Get to the best rooftops and open views of the skies to enjoy the spectacular views of red, white, and blue this 4th of July! NYC celebrates this patriotic holiday with a bang like no other place in the USA. There are plenty of options for great views of displays in other parts of the city and throughout the tri-state.
Let freedom ring with fireworks in New York! Have a safe and happy 4th of July, Brooklyn!
Charles D’Alessandro at (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or email [email protected]. With over 30 years of experience marketing Brooklyn homes, Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate knows all things Brooklyn.