Macy’s Fireworks barges being moved due to strong rip currents

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Due to high rip currents caused by Hurricane Arthur, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks barge set to be positioned in between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges will be moved further south of the Brooklyn Bridge, according to Macy’s.

“This is being done out of an abundance of caution as safety is our number one priority,” Macy’s spokesman Orlando Veras said in a statement.

Spectators and residents are being given a heads up of where and when they can see the show — and which areas will be totally restricted.

Bridge closures:

  • Brooklyn Bridge (starting at 4 p.m.) to cars, bikes and pedestrians
  • Manhattan Bridge (starting at 7 p.m.) to bikes and pedestrians
  • Williamsburg Bridge (starting at 7 p.m.) to bikes and pedestrians

Brooklyn Bridge Park

How to arrive

Parking is notoriously difficult in this part of the city. Some garages are available, but will fill up quickly, so we suggest public transit:

  • Subways: Take 2,3 to Clark Street; A,C to High Street; F to York Street; 4,5 to Borough Hall
  • Bus: B25 to Fulton Ferry Landing, B63 to Loop road on Pier 6, B61 to Atlantic Ave & Hicks St, or B67 to Jay & York St.)

Access points

These two main entrances will be used, and be ready for NYPD bag checks at both:

  • Pier 1, Furman Street at Old Fulton (by the Brooklyn Bridge)
  • Pier 6, Furman Street at Atlantic Avenue

Restricted areas

The following areas are not open to the general public this evening:

  • Squibb Park and Bridge
  • Main Street section of the park (from 4 p.m.)
  • Barbeques on Picnic Peninsula (from 4 p.m.)
  • All playgrounds  (from 4 p.m.)
  • Pop-Up Pool & Beach (from 4 p.m.)
  • Pier 4 Beach (from 4 p.m.)
  • Volleyball courts (from 4 p.m.)
  • Pier 2 & 5 sports courts/fields (from 4 p.m.)
  • Jane’s Carousel  (from 6 p.m.)

What you can NOT bring into the park:

  • Chairs
  • Large bags
  • Weapons (there will be NYPD bag checks)
  • Alcohol

What you CAN bring to this park:

  • American pride
  • Dogs, but they must stay on a leash and are not permitted on lawn spaces
  • Blankets
  • Food

South Street Seaport

How to arrive

With limited parking available in Downtown Manhattan, we encourage the use of public transit.

  • Subway: Take 2, 3, 4, A, C, J, Z to Fulton, or E to World Trade Center
  • Bus: M15 or M9

Access points

  • Montgomery and South streets (for views from the North viewing along the FDR, between the Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street)
  • Pearl Street and Wagner Place (for views north and south of the Brooklyn Bridge)
  • Old Slip and Water Street (for access between Heliport and south side of bridge)
  • South Street Seaport Esplanade (for viewing along the East River)
  • Market and Cherry Street (for viewing access at the Murray Bergtraum High School track and field facility)

Restricted areas

  • Pier 15, 16 and 17 will not be open to the general public Friday evening

PIX11’s Kaitlin Monte contributed to this report.