Fourth Of July Fireworks Traffic/Transit Guide

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Fireworks explode over the Hudson River (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Fireworks explode over the Hudson River (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Millions of spectators are set to catch the massive spectrum of color and sound over the Hudson, as the 35th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks sets the stage for the nation’s biggest party. With two-miles worth of public viewing along the West Side of Manhattan, spectators will have ample opportunity to enjoy the patriotic booms, up close and personal.

The best way to attend the show is by public transportation via the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Due to the expected high volume of traffic, revelers are urged to leave their cars at home. Parking is not available in the viewing areas. Macy’s recommends a round-trip fare with a Metrocard purchased in advance. Additional buses, subways and MTA trains will be available to and from the event. Saturday schedules will be in effect. Attendees should check for exact times. For additional information please contact the MTA at the Transit Hotline (718) 330-1234, or visit http://www.mta.info.

VEHICULAR TRAFFIC DETOURS

West Side Highway

Vehicular traffic closed from 59th Street to 22nd Street on 12th Avenue

All North-bound traffic to be diverted at 22nd Street to 11th Avenue

All South-bound traffic to be diverted at 10th Avenue above 59th Street

The following buses, subways and commuter trains will transport viewers to and from the Macy’s Fireworks:

BUS ROUTES (Running on Saturday Schedules)

Uptown M11 – via Tenth Avenue

M10 – via Central Park West

M20 – via Eighth Avenue Downtown

M11 – via Ninth Avenue

M20 – via Seventh Avenue Crosstown

M14, M34, M42, M31, & M57

SUBWAY ROUTES (Running on Sunday Schedules)

A, E, L to 14th Street and & 8th Avenue

E to 23rd Street & 8th Avenue

A, E to 34th Street & 8th Avenue

A, E to 42nd Street & 8th Avenue

1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, S, 7 to 42nd Street

E to 50th Street & 8th Avenue

A, D, 1 to 59th Street – Columbus Circle

SUBURBAN/COMMUTER ROUTES

PATH Exit 23rd and 33rd Streets

LIRR/NJ Transit/Amtrak From Long Island and New Jersey to Penn Station

Metro North From Connecticut, Westchester, Duchess and Putnam Counties to Grand Central Station at 42ndStreet/Park Avenue

WATERCRAFT VIEWING

The Coast Guard will establish a safety zone and spectator vessel viewing areas throughout portions of the Hudson River, which will be in effect from approximately 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the 4th of July. No vessels will be allowed to transit the Safety Zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port. No vessel will be allowed to anchor in the spectator viewing areas. The limits of this safety zone will be delineated by the following boundaries.

Northern Waterway Restriction: Within the boundary of a line drawn from 74th Street, North Bergen, NJ to 82nd Street, Manhattan, NY. Approximate Position: 40°47’33.2″N, -073°59’43.7″W to 40°47’16.1″N, -073°59’01.3″W and 59th Street, West New York, NJ to 66th Street, Manhattan, NY. Approximate Position: 40°46’56.3″N, -074°00’11.9″W to 40°46’39.3″N, -073°59’27.2″W

Southern Waterway Restriction Within the boundary of the Southern Safety Zone Boundary at a line drawn from 8th Street, Castle Point Park, Hoboken, NJ to 15th Street, Pier 57, Manhattan, NY. Approximate Position: 40°44’43.8″N, -074°01’19.5″W to 40°44’38″N, -074°00’43″W and a line drawn from the Holland Tunnel Ventilator, Hoboken, NJ to Spring Street, the Holland Tunnel Ventilator, Manhattan, NY. Approximate Position: 40°43’42.9″N, -074°01’35.7″W to 40°43’36.4″N, -074°00’54.3″W

For additional information, the general public should call the Macy’s Fireworks Hot Line at (212) 494-4495. For viewing tips and additional information concerning nautical safety zones, mariners should call Macy’s Fireworks Marine Hot Line at (212) 494-5243.

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