Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Returning To West Side For Fourth Year In A Row

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

You may have heard this elsewhere last week as I’m playing a bit of catch-up on this, but let’s file it under “better late than never” (especially since it’s not happening for three months).

The Macy’s 4th Of July fireworks are returning to the Hudson River for the fourth year in a row.

Macy’s has setup a placeholder page of sorts with some basic information, but here’s all you really need to know:

  • July 4th, 2012
  • 9:00 pm
  • Hudson River

Gothamist reports barges will be positioned between 18th and 48th Streets (I think they were between 23rd and 50th) last year, but there should be plenty of good viewing from the Hudson River Greenway on the UWS.

In 2009, the first year the show returned to the Hudson after years on the Easy River, I was out of town. Last year, I watched the show from my building’s roof, which has a slightly-obstructed-but-still-very-good view.

My only experience with actually being “down in the trenches” was in 2010.

I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of crowds, but we watched from the Greenway somewhere between Pier I and the Boat Basin and it wasn’t bad at all. If you wanted to grab a seat, you needed to camp out hours before. But if standing room is OK with you, we meandered down around 8:20 pm (show started around 9ish) and had no problem finding a decent spot.

I can’t say it’s like that every year, but that was my experience the one time I did it.

Of course, if you don’t like crowds or humidity, you can always stay in, order delivery, and flip on NBC…



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  • http://www.facebook.com/plabrozzi Pete Labrozzi

    Another good spot is up on the Westside Highway which they close down to cars and open to pedestrians.

  • MyUpperWest

    Hi Pete — meant to reply to this last week…

    I’ve been under the impression that the WSH gets crazy crowded and you need to get there hours beforehand and roast in the late afternoon sun.

    Is that not the case?

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