There are few better fireworks displays than the Macy’s fourth of July event. If you’re feeling patriotic, consider making your way downtown on Thursday. They are sure to be spectacular and fun for people of all ages. If you’d prefer a more private event consider viewing the show at a ticketed event.
Macy’s Fireworks The 42nd Annual Macy’s Fireworks will once again light up the sky for the fourth of July. The 43rd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges along the lower East River. The five best public viewing areas are between Montgomery Street and Water Street downtown. Check out the map for the five best prime viewing locations. The broadcast starts at 8 p.m. on NBC with fireworks at 9:20 p.m. This year the fireworks celebrate American culture by featuring music from some of our country’s most beloved film scores. Jennifer Hudson will be belting out “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
FUN FACT: There are more than 70,000 pyrotechnics launching from the Brooklyn Bridge.
One World Observatory (285 Fulton Street) Watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s birthday between 8-11 p.m. from 1,776 feet above Manhattan at the One World Observatory. You’ll have 360-degree views of the city as you get access to festivities on the 100th floor of One World Trade. Tickets include an open bar, All-American foods like hot dogs and stunning scenery. Tickets are $75-$325.
South Street Heliport (6 East River Piers) Front Row Fireworks returns with an exclusive fireworks viewing experience from 4:30-11 p.m. right on the East River. This is an all-ages event, with live DJ performances, barbecue and drinks for purchase. Tickets are $30-$60.
Magic Hour Rooftop (485 Seventh Avenue) Start your Independence Day with an all day festival from 3 p.m. -4 a.m. with dancing and music by special guest DJs at Magic Hour Rooftop. You can play on the rooftop’s “urban amusement park” that has gardens, life-size animals and mini-golf, while enjoying an hour long vodka bar. The party really goes for twelve hours. Tickets start at $15.