July 4th Fireworks, New York City

July 4th Spectacular Fireworks

From 9PM Onwards

Each year Macy's kicks off the world's largest fireworks display at approximately 9pm on July 4th. Four barges stationed between 23rd and 42nd Streets in the East River set off 20,000 aerial shells and special effects. There are electric set pieces on the barges, and the New York Fire Department gets in on the act with fire boats shooting red, clear, and blue water 300 feet over the river.

Where to catch the action

  • The 41st Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks   The 41st Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the night sky over midtown with more than 60,000 pyrotechnics at 9:25pm. The nation’s largest pyrotechnic display will come to life over the East River, captivating more than 3 million spectators lining the shorelines, waterways, streets and rooftops of the Big Apple and millions more on television coast-to-coast as together they marvel at the nation’s largest and most exciting party.

    For more information call Macy's Fireworks Hotline at (212) 494-4495

    Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 @ 9:25 PM

  • Fourth of July Cruises   One great way to experience New York City's phenomenal fireworks is from a sightseeing cruise in the New York Harbor. Check out these 4th of July cruises to get an unobstructed view of the fireworks. The tickets aren't cheap, but they do offer a unique vantage point for experiencing the fireworks. Be sure to book in advance to ensure a spot on your favorite cruise, and be on time for boarding. Pay attention to what is included in each cruise option and also account for how long you'll be on the boat -- many of these options mean you'll be getting back to the pier late at night and might not be the best option for folks who have young kids and/or others who like to hit the sack on the early side.

  • Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest   Independence Day tradition since 1916, hot dog eating contest is held every year on Coney Island, Brooklyn. More than 40,000 fans are expected to attend. The rules of the contest are simple; eat as many hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. The competition is held separately for men and women. The top male and female from each qualifier will compete in ESPN channel finals. This contest is real fun to watch as contestants stuffing their mouth with Nathans famous hot dogs and battling with others. Kids also take part. Current champions are Jey Chestnut (61 hot dogs, including buns) and Miki Studo (34 hot dogs, including buns).

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park   Brooklyn Bridge is going to serve as a backdrop to the world-famous Macy’s fireworks. Brooklyn Bridge Park would be the most preferred spot for spectators. Families can come early spend their day in the park, find a perfect spot to view the firework and spread some blankets. The place is going to be crowded, and most of the people will be battling to get the perfect spot. Most entry points like Furman Street, Joralemon, Old Dock, and Old Furman Street will be closed. Playgrounds, pop-up pools, carousels will be closed by 4 pm. The security will be high; hence backpacks and bags will be checked for security reasons.

  • Jacob Riis Bazaar   Drench yourself at the Jacob Riis Beach, experience the warmth of the sun, surf and relax. Get ready for the live performance, food, drinks and food vendors, as they are now brought to the newly renovated boardwalk. A music concert at the seaside stage will make it more enjoyable. Music will be playing from 12-9pm with the famous DJ’s like Big Victor, Edward Askew there to entertain the crowd. Food here will treat you and your kid’s taste buds. Foods like pizza, cotton candy, burgers and the seafood here are the best. Independence day means freedom; here everything is free from the beach to concerts. Beach chairs and umbrellas will be available for rental.

  • Travis Parade   Travis is a small town on Staten Island’s west shore, New York. This parade is one of the oldest Independence Day parade in the country. Everyone dressed up in blue, red and white .The streets are decorated with patriotic insignia: American Flags, Balloons. Kids waving the flags and holding American flag balloons will be a great sight. This parade takes place in the boroughs proud and patriotic neighborhood. The parade and other ceremony starts at noon. There is also a home decorating contest, and the house that is decorated most patriotically will win. This parade is pure entertainment for the whole family. Cartoon characters in the parade will keep the children entertained. There are seats available at the viewing center.

For more information, call Macy's Hotline at (212) 494-4495.