The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is the biggest show in town, but it’s not the only one.
There also are fireworks displays at Coney Island and Jones Beach, and the Jersey City pyrotechnics on the Hudson River visible from the West Side of Manhattan.
Here’s what you need to know about these other 4th of July celebrations around New York City.
4th of July Fireworks on the Hudson River
Remember when Macy’s used to stage it’s annual 4th of July fireworks spectacular on the Hudson River? Now that it’s been moved to the East River, there’s a new option for the Hudson.
Jersey City will launch its own fireworks display the Jersey City 50 Star Fire Show, from Exchange Place on the Hudson River.
Best views from Manhattan:
Hudson River Park, at the western end of Pier 25 at N. Moore St., and at western end of Pier 45 at Christoper St., in Tribeca
Rockefeller Park and Robert F. Wagner Park in Lower Manhattan
This Fourth of July celebration caps a full day of fun in Coney Island.
Here’s what you can do before the fireworks, by Steeplechase Pier:
- Enjoy the white sand beach and Atlantic Ocean surf.
- Take a walk on the 2.5 mile long Boardwalk.
- Take a spin on Luna Park’s rides.
- Ride the Cyclone, one of the most famous roller coasters in the world.
- Visit the New York Aquarium and its new shark tank exhibit.
- Watch competitive eaters wolf down hot dogs at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
- Take in a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game.
4th of July Fireworks on Staten Island
Bring a blanket or chairs to the museum’s lawn to hear the live performance leading up to the citywide fireworks displays.
4th of July Fireworks at Jones Beach
Jones Beach State Park hosts the Sterling National Bank July 4th Fireworks Show, which is set to a musical array of patriotic songs.
Arrive early for a prime seat on the Central Mall beachfront and to avoid traffic delays.
- Fees: $10 vehicle use fee in effect until 4:00pm