For most of the past five years (with the exception of 2016), the pyrotechnic display has been centered solely on Midtown Manhattan, with upwards of 50,000 shells launched from a series of barges on the East River between 24th and 42nd Streets.
But that’s changing in 2019: This year, the festivities will head south—specifically, back to barges around the Brooklyn Bridge. According to Macy’s, its four fireworks barges will line up close to Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, and will “make the iconic Brooklyn Bridge the star of our show,” per a press release. That will also include launching slightly milder blasts from the 136-year-old landmark itself.
That means the best vantage points for this year’s event will be in lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn neighborhoods closest to the bridge—so start pestering your friend with roof access who lives in Brooklyn Heights now.
The whole shebang lasts for 25 minutes, but its effects are felt throughout the city, which will see disruptions to traffic and public spaces in the lead-up to the event. Check back closer to the day of for more intel on the best places to watch the fireworks this year.