Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks will make the dark skies sparkle as thousands of people from across the city and beyond flock to see the spectacular.
For the third year in a row, the show will be on the Hudson River instead of the East River.
The extravaganza, titled the Gift of Freedom, will feature more than 40,000 fireworks with Brad Paisley and Beyoncé providing the soundtrack. Nick Lachey will host.
The fireworks will be launched from six barges that stretch from 20th to 55th streets on the Hudson River and Macy’s recommends spots along the West Side from 22nd to 59th streets as places for ideal viewing. People can start arriving at 5 p.m. and the earlier the better since millions of people are expected to attend.
Other prime viewing spots include Pier 54 on 14th Street and Pier 84 on 44th Street. For our New Jersey neighbors and those who want to escape the million-man fanfare in NYC, the Hoboken waterfront across the river has become a great place to see fireworks.
For a rooftop view, people can head to the Hudson Terrace, where they host their annual Viewing Party from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests can expect barbecue and a four-hour open bar from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $265.
If you want to fork over some cash to see the fireworks, there are a few places around the city that would be happy to take your money. For $100, you can go to the Intrepid on 46th Street. If you want to sail the seas while looking up at the skies then hop on one of New York Waterway’s Fourth of July Cruises. Price is $80 for adults and $70 for kids ages 3 to 12. Ships leave from either Hoboken or Weehawken.
At the end of the day, if you decide that the best seat is right in your own home then tune in live at 9 p.m. on NBC 4 New York.