Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks on the Hudson

by Naomi Young

If you thought that you’ve seen it all when it comes to fireworks displays, you haven’t yet experienced what Macy’s has to offer you. Using up to 55 times more fireworks than the average fireworks display in the United States, the New York department store, Macy’s, has continued to bring joy and celebration to the city with its exceptional fireworks display every Independence Day for the past thirty years. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is one good reason to visit the city during the summer months and see how New Yorkers know how to celebrate!

During the glorious computer-controlled display, nearly 1000 shells are burst every minute, timed to explode to the beat of patriotic music, while 63,000 feet of pipe are used to launch the 30,000 shells from all around the world used during the display. Macy’s presents spectators with one of the most incredibly intricate, well-planned and synchronized shows in the world. The New York Pops and guests will be performing the music of the new soundtrack “American River”.

The fireworks show is launched from the store’s traditional East River firing location between 23rd and 42nd Street. This year, the show will be extended to South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge. Visitors and locals who wish to find a good spot to watch this spectacle can try any point in Manhattan, Brooklyn or the Queens area that has unobstructed views of the skyline above the East River. Watercraft is also traditionally used to watch the show.

This year’s show promises to be more magical than ever before. It begins at 9pm and is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage on the Hudson River.

Click for Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks official page.

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