Independence Day fireworks above the Manhattan skyline on July 4, 2013 in Weehawken, New Jersey.
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Where to Watch the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in 2024

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

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A beloved New York City tradition since 1976, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are back for 2024 with a dazzling show. It's one of the best events to celebrate the 4th of July in NYC.

What time is the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show?

On Thursday, July 4, beginning at 8pm.

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

After a long stint on the East River, this year's fireworks show will be launched from the Hudson River side of Manhattan. Good news for West Siders.

Fireworks will launch from barges positioned along the Hudson River with multiple viewing opportunities in Manhattan between West 14th and West 34th Streets and in New Jersey.

What is the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show?

Every year, the spectacular show launches tens of thousands of shells off of barges in the river. The extravaganza typically lasts 25 minutes and features numerous effects in 30 colors and shapes.

"This year’s Macy’s 4th of Fireworks display will launch an inspiring spectacle of patriotic color, light and sound from the Hudson River for the first time in more than a decade," said Will Coss, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, said in a press release. "Following last year’s first of its kind drone display, our team has been hard at work developing new ways to surprise and delight our fans."

The team at Macy's Studios works with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza to come up with creative ways to decorate the night sky and awe spectators. 

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

The details haven't been announced yet, but there's usually a synchronized playlist packed with American classics that pay homage to the nation’s musical trailblazers. To hear it, tune into 1010Wins as the fireworks begin.

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

Expect viewing opportunities in Manhattan between West 14th and West 34th Streets as well as in New Jersey. We'll keep you updated when Macy's releases a full list of best viewing locations. While the show is a free, public event, some bars and restaurants along the viewing path may sell tickets for special events at their venues.

While it's incredible to see the show in person, it's also broadcast across the country on NBC.

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