The 38th Annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks spectacular is back on the East River for the first time in several years, with two miles of viewing spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including along portions of the FDR Drive, which will be closed for the occasion, and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
There will be three fireworks barges, just south of Wall St., at Fulton St., and in between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Special this year is a 25-minute musical salute to The Star Spangled Banner, celebrating its 200th anniversary, featuring Tony-Award winning Idina Menzel.
Best viewing spots in Manhattan:
FDR Drive between Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and South Street
Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place (viewing both north & south of the Brooklyn Bridge).
Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street (viewing between Heliport & south side of Brooklyn Bridge
Best viewing spots in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.
Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.
The following pedestrian streets will be closed to all non-emergency vehicle traffic:
• Montague Street: from Court Street to Montague Terrace
• Remsen Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace
• Old Fulton Street from Hicks Street to Furman Street
• Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue
• Columbia Heights from Montague Street to Old Fulton Street
• Hicks Street from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street
As always, the annual fireworks extravaganza features more than 40,000 fireworks synchronized to a 25-minute music score of old and new favorites, and live performances by Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, Ariana Grande and the Charlie Daniels Band.
Check the Macy’s Fourth of July website for additonal information.