After five years exploding over the Hudson, Macy's enormous Fourth of July fireworks show switched back to the East River in 2014. And good news for residents of, well, pretty much every boroughthe pyrotechnic display is going to stage a repeat performance off the east side of Manhattan. That means that Brooklyn and Queens will be able to enjoy the pops and flashes, while New Jersey residents will have to go find their own darn fireworks show. This year, too, Macy's is going to kick it up a notch by having barges in two locations instead of one: in Midtown and near the South Street Seaport. But how will you beat the crowds for the 9:20 p.m. performance, which will unleash 1,600 shells per minute and attract an in-person and virtual audience of 3 million?
Last year, Curbed rounded up 26 places to watch the Fourth of July fireworks. Many of the spots, which range from rooftop bars to parks and other public spaces, will be the same for this coming year, given that the location is essentially the same, and you can bet we'll bring you an updated list in plenty of time for any and all Independence Day shenanigans.
· City's Fourth of July fireworks will be set off in Midtown, South Street Seaport so more New Yorkers can see them [NYDN]
· July 4th Fireworks Will Be Back On The East River, And Even Bigger [Gothamist]
· Where to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks in NYC, 2014 Edition [Curbed]