Nothing says 4th of July revelry like fireworks bursting overhead, and no destination does Independence Day pyrotechnics better than New York City. Macy's plays host to the nation's largest 4th of July fireworks display, illuminating the evening skies above Brooklyn and the East River this year. Here's everything you need to know about making the most out of the 2019 celebration.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Location
The fireworks show is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2019, at around 9:25 p.m. The spectacle will last for about 25 minutes. Come early to snag a good spot and to beat the thickening crowds at the official viewing points as the evening progresses. Note that the designated access points will be closed by the NYPD as viewing areas fill up, and spectators will be redirected accordingly. Be sure to give yourself extra time to work your way into and out of the crowds.
Where Can I See the 4th of July Fireworks?
This year's display will take place in the Brooklyn Bridge Area. Special effects will be launched from the bridge. In addition, fireworks will be shot from barges positioned along downtown Manhattan, in the Seaport District and Pier 17.
To catch the displays from the double-barge positioned just below the Brooklyn Bridge, head to the shores of the East River in lower Manhattan, including the South Street Seaport district. The Brooklyn waterfront along the lower East River, especially in Brooklyn Bridge Park, also offers prime viewing.
Battery Park and Battery Park City will also be prime viewing spots. Do not head to Queens; while the borough had unbeatable views of the fireworks in past years, this year, you will not be able to see them from there.
If you want to see the fireworks, take the subway!
Entertainment at the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Event
The fireworks are, of course, the main attraction, but they'll be shot off and choreographed to an arrangement of patriotic tunes, which will feature performances from the West Point Band Orchestra and Glee Club. There will be performances by Kelley Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Ricky Martin.
NBC will broadcast the fireworks spectacular during a TV special (starting at 8 p.m. ET).