The best and worst spots to see the Macy’s fireworks show

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NEW YORK — A rooftop in Manhattan or a balcony in Brooklyn isn’t the only way to get a great view of this year’s Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show.

These are the best places to watch the dazzling display, set to begin at 8 p.m. Monday, July 4, aboard five barges in the East River:


  • FDR Drive and 42nd Street
  • FDR Drive and 34th Street
  • FDR Drive and 23rd Street
  • 16th Street and Avenue C
  • FDR Drive and Houston
  • Pearl and Frankfort streets
  • Old Slip, upper level
  • Broad Street, ground level
  • Vietnam Memorial Park (handicap accessible)
  • Spectators can take public transit to Grand Central or Union Square then walk east toward the river


  • Center Boulevard from 48th to 49th avenues (handicap accessible)


  • Furman and Old Fulton streets (handicap accessible)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • East River Park
  • Grand Ferry Park

These places are NOT recommended viewing spots:

  • Battery Park
  • Battery Park City
  • Roosevelt Island
  • Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park

As revelers gather and crowds build, some of the above viewing areas with limited capacity will be closed and spectators will be sent to other still-open spots along FDR Drive, according to Macy’s official website.

It’s important to note there will be no public parking near the access points and all bus service near the fireworks will be rerouted, Macy’s said. Spectators are urged to use public transit to see the show, as more trains will run before and after the display to accommodate the crowds.