Where to enjoy the fireworks of July the 4th

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In this article we want to make a guide so you can enjoy the fourth of July, Independence Day and the most celebrated party in the United States next to Thanksgiving, those people who are at that time in New York.New York from the Top of the Rock

Beware of opening hours

The first thing is to indicate that you are careful with the schedules of this day and the next day, if possible to make sure the previous day that the place you want to go is open: there are special hours in most restaurants, which usually close soon , ferries to Staten Island, trains, ....

The fireworks of the 4 of Julio in New York

Macy's celebrates this year's 42 anniversary of its July 4 fireworks party, and he throws the house out the window making a pyrotechnic show throughout the East River with musical show included. The show will start around the 9 of the night (although they are not usually punctual at the start time, you have to be well placed before you can see it well).

The pyrotechnic show, where more than 40.000 fireworks will be released on the East River, lasts around 25 minutes, and they are so spectacular that they are broadcast on NBC throughout the country. This year, fireworks will be fired from 5 barges located at the height of the Gantry Plaza State Park.

When the fireworks launched throughout the year East River the points from which the show is going to be displayed are increased. The banks of Midtown Manhattan that overlook the East River they are the best areas to see the pyrotechnic show, but there are other sites also enabled with very good views, which we will indicate a posteriori in the article.

After the success of last year, this year 2018 Macy's has again entrusted the presenters of 'Ninja Warrior', Akbar Gbajabiamila and Matt Iseman, the presentation of the show, where we can see performances of great stars of the country as Blake Shelton, swearing of La Voz in American version, and stars consecrated of the song like Ricky Martin or Keith Urban. In addition, the musical selection will include of course The Star Spangled Banner (the United States anthem), sung this year by New York mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, one of the best mezzo-sopranos of today and God Bless America, song that this year fulfills 100 years and that to commemorate it will sing it in direct the super star Kelly ClarKson.

To give you a little idea of ​​the show, here is a video of the 2017 fireworks:

The best places to enjoy fireworks

Without place to doubts the best places to see this year the fireworks will be between the 18 and 42 streets of Midtown Manhattan, in the areas enabled by the police in the FDR Drive for it. That is, large crowds are expected, so it is convenient to go early to have a good place, follow the advice of the police at all times and move if they tell us.

The access points to the parks with the best visibility of the fireworks will be the following:


Due to the agglomerations that occur every year, they are going to let you see the fireworks to elevated areas of the FDR Drive through the following points:

  • Houston Street
  • 18th Street
  • 23rd Street
  • 34th Street
  • 42nd Street

Other points where you can see the fireworks

The fireworks will also be somewhat visible, and with an illuminated and spectacular Manhattan in the background, from New Jersey, on the other side of the river, and from clear areas of Queens or Brooklyn with visibility to the East river. To enjoy the fireworks of the 4 of July and feel for a day like a true New Yorker the best thing you can do is go to a park with a blanket or towel, some sandwiches or something to dine at 5-6 in the afternoon, and wait until the 9 to enjoy the show. That yes, indicate that blankets or chairs are not allowed in the areas enabled in the FDR Drive.

More information about fireworks

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