Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Show Returning To West Side For 3rd Year In A Row

Monday, May 16th, 2011

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The 35th Annual Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular is coming back to the West Side. A recent press release announced that fireworks will be launched from barges in the Hudson for the third straight year. This year’s show, with the theme “Gift Of Freedom,” will pay special tribute to the Statue Of Liberty, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

In my previous life on the East Side, I had a front-row seat to the annual fireworks show. I lived adjacent to the East River from 2004 to early 2010, and the barges would literally line up right outside my window. In 2009, when the fireworks show headed West for the first time since 2000, I headed to a friend’s house in Connecticut rather than make the trip across Manhattan. We had our own fireworks “show,” resulting in a slightly singed lawn.

When my girlfriend and I moved to the UWS last year, I was reunited with the annual spectacle. 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.

Here’s the official site for the event — should be updated with more info as time goes on. That said, I’m not sure what else you need to know besides 1) July 4th, 2011, 2) 9:00 pm, and 3) Hudson River.



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