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Where to watch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks 2015 in NYC

Published: June 27th, 2014

This Independence Day is going to be Red, White… and BRAVE! We’re only a few days away from America’s birthday, and NYC is the perfect place to celebrate your patriotism! Let the Library Hotel Collection be your go-to guide this holiday to ensure you get the best view of the longest running show in the city!

Come to New York City during the Independence Day Holiday Weekend (July 3rd – 5th, 2015) to experience, what some say, is the best fireworks display in the USA! The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks: Brave  is a spectacular show that has been happening for over 30 years, and this year is no exception!

Below are our favorite places to view Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Presents “Brave” at 9pm on Saturday the 4th: 

Manhattan Viewing:

South Street Seaport: The perfect place in Manhattan to watch the fireworks!

  • Not only are you in the center of the action (South Street Seaport lines the East River), but in order to celebrate the Fireworks return to the East River, the South Street Seaport is hosting a Festival of Independence with performances before the big show!


  • Easily accessible by taking the subway A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Fulton Street (Downtown) or a taxi.
    • For the Fireworks’ show, the public viewing sections will be the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:
        • Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street).
        • Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place (viewing both north & south of the Brooklyn Bridge).
        • Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street (viewing between Heliport & south side of Brooklyn BridgeADA viewing area:

          In Manhattan: The FDR Drive Southbound Lane at 16th Street & Avenue C or 34th Street (top of ramp and the Vietnam Memorial Park)
          In Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park at Furman Street and Old Fulton Street, Near pier #1
          In Queens: Center BLVD from 48th Avenue to 49th Avenue.

We especially encourage the use of public transportation (subways or taxis) during major holidays and celebrations as driving and parking can get a bit frustrating, please ask the concierge for his or her advice on the best way to get too your desired viewing point.4th of July

During the fireworks, Manhattan doesn’t get all of the action! Both Brooklyn and Queens have amazing viewing areas. Make sure to get there early and spend the day.


Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on any of the following cross streets:

  • Old Fulton & Furman Street
  • Joralemon Street & Furman Street
  • Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.
  • By Subway: You can take A, C train to High Street, F train to York Street, 2,3 trains Clark Street, R train to Court Street OR  2,3,4,5 trains to Borough Hall.
  • By Ferry: You can now take the East River Ferry for $4 one way, New York Water Taxi or Governors Island Ferry for $2 round trip to the Brooklyn Bridge

Queens- Gantry Plaza State Park: enter at Center Blvd and 48th Avenue

  • By Subway: You can take the 7, E, or M train to Court Square. It is about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the water front from there.

TipsForTravelers Recommends: Our most important tip for your 4th of July Fireworks trip is to get your viewing seat early! No matter where you watch, the earlier you find your spot, the better your view will be!  Bring friends & snacks and make a day of it!

From all of us at The Library Hotel Collection, Have a Happy 4th of July!

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