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Mayor De Blasio, NYC, Macy’s, Fourth Of July, East River, FDR Drive, Brooklyn
Photograph: Kent Miller/Macy’s

How to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks—NYC's most impressive pyrotechnic show—is back this year. Here is how to watch it.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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Ladies and gentlemen, we're pleased to announce that, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are back!

When are the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks?

On Monday, July 4, beginning at 9:25pm.

What are the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks?

Over 65,000 shells (almost 2,000 per minute) are launched off five different barges on the East River. The extravaganza lasts 25 minutes and features, according to Macy's itself, "dozens of colors and shapes, creating dramatic effects a mile across the river and from 1,000 feet in the air to the water's edge."

This year, look out for Whistling Jellyfish, Little Snakes, Blinking Smiling Face, Swimming Chrysanthemums and more shapes!

Who will perform at the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks?

Expect to hear the "Star-Spangled Banner" from The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the Community Baptist Church of Englewood Choir will sing during the fireworks show. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)" will be performed by The Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Celebrity performances will be announced soon.

Where are the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks?

They'll be launched in the East River centered around Midtown Manhattan.

What are the best places to watch the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks?

You can see the map right here for the best places to watch the fireworks.

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