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Celebrate the 4th of July in NYC

Published: June 30th, 2016

For those of  you who are coming to New York City to celebrate all things America for the Independence Day Weekend, you are in for a real treat! In celebration of our nations birthday, the Library Hotel Collection has created your go-to guide this holiday to ensure you get the best view of the 40th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks!

Below are our favorite places to view Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, for those watching from the comfort of their rooms or the club rooms in the hotel the show begins at 8pm on NBC on Monday 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 seeing the Brooklyn bridge in the midst of the sparkling firweworks is really beautiful, and is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth!


  • 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:
        • Pearl Street & Frankfort Street: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge).
        • Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place (viewing both north & south of the Brooklyn Bridge).
        • Old Slip Upper Level at Water Street (viewing between Heliport & south side of Brooklyn Bridge
          ADA viewing area: In Manhattan: The FDR Drive Southbound Lane at 16th Street & Avenue C,  FDR Drive and 34th Street and also at the top of ramp and the Vietnam Memorial Park at the South Street Seaport.
          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 to your desired viewing point.

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 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 area 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!

New York, February 17, 2015 - Fireworks over Hudson River in celebration of Chinese New Year.