Everything you need to know about the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks in Queens

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Queens neighborhoods will have a great view of the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, which will again be set on the East River and visible more than two miles across the sky.

Produced by Macy’s and designed in conjunction with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza of Rialto, CA, the nation’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display will be on the East River on July 4. The fireworks display returned to the river last year after spending the previous several years lighting up the skies over the Hudson River.

On July 4 at approximately 9:20 p.m., public can expect “a dazzling spectacle of color, light and sound set to commemorate the holiday with a very big bang,” according to Macy’s representative.

With locations in midtown and within the South Street Seaport district, the 40th anniversary show will shoot more than 45,000 pyrotechnic shells during a 25-minute synchronized display. The show will ignite an average of 1,800 shells launched per minute. How’s that for a kaleidoscope of color and shapes?

This year’s show will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. on July 4 featuring performances from nation’s hottest musical acts. The musical score to which the fireworks display is choreographed can be heard on 1010 WINS-AM radio.

Members of the community wishing to view the Fireworks in Gantry State Park are encouraged to arrive no later then 3 p.m., according to Deputy Inspector John Travaglia, the commanding officer of the 108th Precinct.

Entry points to Gantry State Park and the Center Boulevard viewing areas can be made by entering at 48th Avenue to 46th Avenue from Vernon Boulevard.  There will be no access from 49th Avenue to Borden Avenue on Vernon Boulevard.

Hunters Point Park will not be open for public viewing of the fireworks.

Residents with vehicles who live from 44 Drive to 54th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard to the East River should relocate their vehicles before 10 p.m. on July 3rd, he added. Vehicles found in that area after 10 p.m. will be towed to a legal parking spot east of 11th Street.

You can also watch the fireworks from these locations:

  • Penthouse808 at Rave Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South

Located just over the Queensboro/59thStreet bridge, Penthouse808 at Rave Hotel is the ideal venue to take in the patriotic night sky. Positioned directly across the river, the rooftop restaurant and lounge offers viewers a gourmet barbecue by Executive Chef Seth Levine, delectable cocktails, and unparalleled views. For tickets, visit the website.

  • Z Hotel New York, 11-01 43rd Ave

The rooftop bar and lounge at Z Hotel New York offers bottomless food, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and two alcoholic drink tickets for adults. Tickets are $180 for adults, $80 for 12 to 17 and free for kids 11 and younger. The event will run from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. For tickets, visit the website.

  • LIC Flea & Food5-25 46th Avenue

The popular flea and food market plus All-Queens Beer Garden will be open Monday, July 4 from 1pm-11pm. Located one block behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign and situated on Anable Basin it will be a great spot to enjoy the fireworks, plus shop, eat and have some fun before and after the big show. Entry is free. www.licflea.com


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