Where to watch the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show in NYC

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Macy's 4th of July fireworks

File photo: Macy’s 4th of July fireworks (Credit: Kent Miller for Macy’s)

NEW YORK — After a dormant year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the largest fireworks shows in the nation is back.

The Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show happens over the East River Sunday night just before 9:30 p.m., with viewing spots throughout Brooklyn, Queens and the East Side of Manhattan. 

Where to watch:

  • Manhattan: Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive (FDR Drive) at 23rd, 34th and 42nd streets
  • Brooklyn Parks: Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge, Domino Park, Marsha P. Johnson State Park
  • Queens Parks: Gantry Plaza and Hunter’s Point South

This year, the designers and crews preparing the show pulled out all the stops. Five barges will feature pyrotechnics from around the globe for the jam-packed 25-minute show.

The “shells” responsible for the show were sourced from Italy, Spain and China; 65,000 were sorted and set for the big event, with 2,600 fireworks expected per minute.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month the iconic fireworks show would return as a live holiday spectacle. 

Last year’s annual July 4 celebration was transformed into a series of pre-recorded, smaller fireworks displays around the city as the country battled the COVID-19 pandemic.

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