The Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular — the city’s biggest, best display — will light up the sky for the Fourth of July once again this year. Broadcast live on 1010 WINS, the official radio station of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, the show promises 520,000 pyrotechnic shells in a 25-minute dazzling show.
This year, the spectacular will be celebrating its 40th anniversary by putting pride and patriotism on display in a big way. Taking place over the East River, about 2 million spectators attend every year. The fireworks may be viewed in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River. Make this year one to remember at one of these great places to watch all the action.
Manhattan Access Points (Free Viewing)
Public viewing sections will be offered at elevated portions along FDR Drive.
- From Houston to Midtown
- Houston Street
- 23rd Street
- 34th Street
- 42nd Street
- Lower Manhattan
- Broad Street ground level
- Old Slip upper level
- Pearl and Frankfort streets
NOTE: Battery Park, Battery Park City, Roosevelt Island and Hunter’s Point are not suggested viewing points. Additionally, as crowds build, some of these locations will be closed and spectators will be redirected to additional open access points along FDR Drive.
Brooklyn Access Points (Free Viewing)
- Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman streets, Joralemon & Furman streets or Old Dock and Furman streets.
- For more information on park access, click here.
ADA/Special Needs Viewing Areas (Free Viewing)
- FDR Drive southbound lane at 16th Street & Avenue C
- 34th Street (top of ramp)
- Vietnam Memorial Park
- Brooklyn Bridge Park at Furman Street and Old Fulton Street (near Pier 1
- Center Boulevard from 48th Avenue to 49th Avenue
Empire State Building
One of the most iconic images in the entire country, the Empire State Building can’t be beat for a patriotic fireworks viewing. You’ll need to plan ahead for this event because tickets are limited to only about 250 for the night and will most likely sell out ahead of time. Your ticket includes light refreshments and snacks along with a simulcast broadcast of the televised fireworks performance. If you haven’t yet made it to the 86th floor of this historic building, now is your chance to see the Manhattan skyline lit up in celebration.
Z NYC 4th Of July
You don’t have to travel to Manhattan to oooh and ahhh at the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Located just blocks from the East River in Long Island City, Queens, Z NYC offers prime viewing real estate — sweetening the deal with classic American fare and a full bar. Don’t want to leave the kids home with the babysitter? Children under 12 are welcome for free, while kids over 12 will need a ticket.
New York Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Why celebrate Independence day on land when you can cruise around New York City for a breathtaking view of the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular. Board the Spirit of New York for a celebration of freedom and fun, dinner and dancing with New York City as your backdrop. In addition to breathtaking views of the fireworks, your ticket will provide a buffet-style dinner menu that includes a premium open bar and a DJ to dance the night away. If you’re looking to join the party you better act fast, there are only a limited number of reservations left.