Fourth of July Fireworks: What You Need to Know

June 27, 20241 min read

Listen up, fireworks fans! 

The July 4th extravaganza will be launched from five barges in the Hudson River, between 14th. and 34th Streets...over a mile of awe-inspiring lights. Over 60,000 shells will be fired off--that's 2,400 per minute!

And, of course, there will be music. Grammy and Emmy Award winner Jason Howland has take over the score, which will feature a mix of summertime classics and patriotic songs, featuring artists Mickey Guyton, Amber Mark and Brandy Clark, among others.

So where can you watch it in person? Macy's, who presents the show, has highlighted official viewing locations:

  • Christopher Street and Washington Street

  • West 11th Street and Washington Street

  • West 12th Street and Washington Street

  • West 29th Street and 11th Avenue

  • West 40th Street and 11th Avenue

(ADA accessible viewing locations will be located at Christopher Street and Washington Street and West 41st Street and 11th Avenue.)

But, frankly, any place with a good view of the skyline above the Hudson River in Midtown should do the trick, as well as anywhere along the West Side highway. If you do decide to take in the fireworks from any of the official viewing points, leave the coolers, backpacks, blankets and lawn chairs at home. They're a big no-no, due to security concerns.

Starting time is officially at 8, but the show won't start until dark and the whole shebang should last around 25 minutes.

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