Macy’s will be hosting its 40th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks display on Monday, over the East River for the second year in a row. Barges will be stationed at the Brooklyn Bridge, East 23rd and East 42nd Street.
Independence Day fireworks, along with special musical performances, will be airing live on NBC at 8 PM. But our residents in FiDi, Midtown East, and Long Island City will have the best views of the show in person without leaving their own block. Check out 6 of the best spots to catch the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks throughout Manhattan and Queens!
Watch Macy’s Fireworks Show from Manhattan
Starting at 7 PM , elevated portions of Manhattan’s FDR Drive will open to the public between Houston Street and Midtown East. Entry points in Lower Manhattan are located at Broad Street and Houston Street. Midtown entry points are located at 23rd Street, 42nd Street, and right near our Plaza East residents at 34th Street.
The streets will be filling in 2 hours before show time, so it’s best to arrive early to ensure your spot!
South Street Seaport
On July 3rd and 4th, the South Street Seaport will be hosting its third annual Festival of Independence. From 1 PM to 8 PM, FiDi families can enjoy food, art, and live music throughout the weekend. On Monday night at 9:25 PM, guests will be able to snag a front row seat to the fireworks show at the official viewing point near Peck Slip.
The festival boasts two stages featuring a variety of performances for all ages. Stop by the Fulton Street stage to check out some of the latest independent artists hand-picked by Vice Media’s music channel, Noisey. On the Peck Slip stage, families can enjoy kid-friendly performances from Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Marcus Monroe Juggling show, and more.
For more information about the Festival of Independence, visit the South Street Seaport website.
Watermark Bar at Pier 15
Just across the docks from the Festival of Independence, Watermark Bar will play host to Freedom Fest 2016. For $139, guests will have access to an open bar from 7 PM to 11 PM, a full barbecue buffet, and of course, front row seats to the fireworks display. The fest will also have live music and family-friendly activities all day long.
To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit the Freedom Fest’s website.
Fourth of July Fireworks Views in Queens
The LIC Waterfront offers gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline all year round. However, adding 4th of July fireworks to the mix is always a nice touch.
One of Macy’s official viewing spots will be located at Center Boulevard between 48th and 49th Avenue. This location is wheelchair accessible, but be sure to arrive early to claim a good spot. Although it isn’t an “official” viewing spot, Gantry State Plaza has always been a hot spot for LIC locals on Independence Day.
In celebration of Fourth of July Weekend, LIC Flea & Food will be extending their hours from 1 PM to 11 PM on Monday, July 4th. Guests can watch the show from the LIC Flea Beer Garden, featuring beers brewed exclusively at Queens’ microbreweries. You can also shop the nighttime market before and after the show. Check out their website for more information.
The Z Hotel has been known for being a popular celebration spot, and Independence Day is no exception. Join them at their rooftop bar for unlimited food, dessert, and non-alcoholic drinks. Kids under the age of 11 get in for free, and mom and dad will receive two drink tickets with their $180 ticket purchase.
Dinner will be served from 4 PM to 8 PM, but guests are invited to stay and watch the fireworks display from high above the crowded LIC streets.
To purchase tickets for the event or learn more about Z Hotel, visit their website.
July 4th Transit Information
On Monday, July 4th, subways and buses will be operating on a Saturday schedule. According to Macy’s Website, the MTA will be running increased subway service before and after the show. For more information on the Independence Day Transit schedule, visit the MTA website.
For those who were hoping to drive or park in Long Island City, be advised: There will be no parking between 44th Drive and 54th Avenue from Center Boulevard to Vernon Boulevard — including all side streets — starting at 10 PM on July 3 until midnight on July 4. Authorities advise taking public transportation during those hours.