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What time do the fireworks start in NYC tonight?

Will Gleason

The Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks will dazzle New Yorkers over the East River this year starting at approximately 9:20pm. Tonight marks the 40th anniversary of the Macy’s fireworks show, and to celebrate that milestone the department store will be putting on the biggest holiday display since the millennium spectacular in 2000. 

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The patriotic show will last for approximately 25 minutes with 56,000 pyrotechnic shells being fired. Spectators along the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn shorelines will also be able to see an exciting new feature this year! Multi-colored transformation shells will ignite in one color, disappear and then show up in another part of the sky as a completely different hue. This year’s display will also debut pyro-writing, with bright fireworks spelling out “USA” in the night sky. Just in case you forgot what all this hoopla was about. 

The Macy’s fireworks are launched from four barges in the East River between 23rd and 37th Streets, and one double-barge by the Brooklyn Bridge. Looking for the best place to take in all of this evening’s action? Consult our handy guide on where to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in NYC. If you can’t wait 'til tonight’s spectacular, you can pump yourself up by looking at photos from last year’s amazing show.

And don’t forget! The Macy’s fireworks aren’t the only pyrotechnic display in town tonight. Here are some other fireworks displays in the city celebrating our nation’s birthday in case you want to escape the crowds on the East River.


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