Fireworks in NYC 2021!
Once families are done with their barbecues and pool parties on the 4th of July, many come together to watch stunning fireworks that light up the city in celebration of our country’s independence. Because of Covid-19, many fireworks displays last year were canceled or downsized to keep everyone healthy, but this year these festive traditions are back and better than ever! Read more about where you will be able to watch fireworks this year in NYC!
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East River- Midtown
July 4th, 9:25 pm
Watch thousands of fireworks soar into the sky during the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks! This fireworks display has always been a big event for the city, and this year will be no exception. To keep people safe, spectators will be able to watch the display from special viewing areas that will be designated for people who are vaccinated and those who aren’t. The display will also be airing live on NBC and will be featuring star performances to get everyone excited for the celebration.
The Best Places to Watch the Macy’s Fireworks
Macy’s is currently working with agencies to provide places for both vaccinated and unvaccinated New Yorkers to watch the fireworks from. Be sure to check out their “Where to Watch” section for more information, but here is a list of some spots that are many families’ top picks!
FDR Drive, Manhattan
New Yorkers that are vaccinated have the opportunity to watch the fireworks on the elevated portions of the FDR Drive! Watching from this location will guarantee you and your family a front-row seat to the show. Access points for this location will be on E 23rd St., E 34th St., and E 42nd St. Proof of vaccination will be required.
Enjoy a perfect seat where you can watch all of the action of the show! Pier 15 wants to make sure your experience this 4th of July is unforgettable, and that is why they have many activities for families to do. There will also be a DJ playing music all night long.
This beautiful park has grassy areas facing the East River that are perfect for you and your family to sit and watch the display. While you’re waiting, your kids can spend some time playing on the playground and water features. There are also some great restaurants you can stop by to get a snack for the show!
This location is perfect for people who decide to come to the fireworks last minute or would prefer to not be in a crowded place. Dumbo has so many little shops and restaurants around the area, which will give your family a lot of fun things to do before and after the display. There are a few buildings that could be blocking your view, but this area is a great overall location!
July 4th, 10 pm
For people who want to attend a smaller Independence Day celebration, head over to Coney Island for another fireworks display! The Coney Island fireworks are a symbol of summer in New York City and are visible from its famous boardwalk. With the display only going on for 15 minutes, this event is great for families looking to enjoy the show while also continuing with the other fun activities Coney Island offers.