The 45th Annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks spectacular is back on the East River with two miles of viewing spots in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, including along portions of the FDR Drive, which will be closed for the occasion.
NYC FOREVER is the theme of the 2021 fireworks extravaganza, acknowledging the heroes of this last stressful year along with the rest of us, and the survival and rebirth of the greatest city on the planet.
NYCOTC wants again to salute our valiant First Responders along with teachers, the cashiers and shelf-stockers at our supermarkets, restaurant cooks and waiters, the volunteers who delivered meals to housebound elderly and imuno-compromised, apartment building doormen and everybody else who kept us alive and sane.
As always, the annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks extravaganza features more than 65,,000 fireworks synchronized to a 25-minute music score of old and new favorites, and live performances, including Tori Kelly’s rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel”.
You know the words – cry along with me –
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
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Best Viewing Spots in Manhattan
UPDATE – Macy’s and NYC have dropped the separated viewing areas for Vaccinated and for Non-Vaccinated Onlookers
Everything now is open to everybody. Fully-vaccinated viewers do not have to wear masks. Those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear masks.
Much of the FDR will be closed to traffic, starting around 3pm.
Authorized access points are at East 23rd Street, East 34th Street, and East 42nd Streets.
In addition, special needs/ADA access is available at the 34th Street entrance.
Entry is controlled by the NYPD. Expect metal detectors, and they often search bags for alcohol and other non-permitted items.
Be prepared to stand or sit on the ground. The NYPD won’t allow you into viewing areas with backpacks, lawn chairs or other large items, so leave them at home.
It’s possible some viewing locations will close early, once crowds have peaked.
Wherever you go to see the fireworks, expect huge crowds, unless, of course, you have access to a private rooftop.
This green spot on the the Lower East Side is directly on the waterfront with views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. With barbeque areas and greenways, you can spend the day here while waiting for the show to start.
See the Fireworks from Roosevelt Island
The park is named for the famous Four Freedoms mentioned by FDR in his 1941 speech.
But, you can watch from just anywhere along the Roosevelt Island Promenade
Take the Roosevelt Island tram from 59th St. and Second Ave.
Best viewing spots in Brooklyn
Note – This year the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will NOT be visible from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
So don’t go there for the Macy’s fireworks, although you might be able to see the Jersey City fireworks on the Hudson.
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
Spend the day at this reasonably new park in Williamsburg, here, where you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy before the fireworks start. Explore the elevated walkway, grab a meal at Tacocina or check out the playground with fun water features.
With acres of waterfront space that extends along the East River in Williamsburg, you’re sure to catch a magnificent, and an unobstructed view.
- Where: 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
Best Viewing spots in Queens
This a 12-acre state park on the East River in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. The park is located in a former dockyard and manufacturing district, and includes remnants of facilities from the area’s past.