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A Birthday Party for America—Complete With Fireworks!

East River

Between the Brooklyn Bridge and East 37th Street

ZEALnyc, July 3, 2017

National holidays provide the opportunity for us to collectively come together and celebrate the basic principles on which our country was founded, while recognizing the strength in our diversity and acknowledging what actually unifies us as one nation. What better way to celebrate than to have a picnic and set off some fireworks?

On Tuesday, July 4, all across America there will be celebrations large and small commemorating our nation’s birthday, and New York City hosts one of the largest celebrations around. Fireworks will take to the sky along the East River near Midtown; more than 60,000 are scheduled to burst forth at a rate of 2,200 per minute and all will be synchronized to a soundtrack of patriotic standards. New-in-2017 effects will include never-before-featured shells like color-changing chrysanthemums and happy faces in an eye-popping array of colors. The show is scheduled to begin around 9:25pm and lasts approximately 25 minutes. In the event of rain, the start time could be delayed.

The fireworks will be centralized on five barges between 23rd Street and 41st Street on the East River. Please note that there will NOT be a barge at the Brooklyn Bridge, so there will not be viewing available from the South Street Seaport or in lower Manhattan as in years past.

The “official” viewing areas are below:

  • Manhattan’s FDR Drive between Houston Street and Midtown East, with entry points at Houston, 23rd, 34th and 42nd Streets. Access to the highway will open at approximately 7pm.

For more information click here.

Hornblower Cruises

If you’re looking for a more luxurious experience, you might opt for a Hornblower Cruise which puts you up close and personal to the whole experience as you view the whole display from aboard a boat in lower Manhattan. It’s a bit of a splurge, but the all-inclusive price includes food, music and dancing. For more information click here.

Another waterfront option is the Brooklyn Barge, docked in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  They are hosting a special Fourth of July celebration featuring a variety of food and drinks, as well as great views of the firework display. For more information click here.

And in Upper Manhattan if you don’t care about seeing the big fireworks display, try a full day celebration experience with the Independence Day BBQ Beach Party at La Marina, which will be transformed into a full on festival featuring some of New York’s hottest acts, DJ’s and performers. For July 4th, the 75,000 sq.ft beach will be transformed to incorporate an immense dance floor on the beach, plush seating, gourmet food, hookah, private cabanas, and modern amenities. Music will be amplified by a state-of-the-art sound system and the performances will be set off by intense festival lighting, LED light shows later in the night, and stage performances. So party on! For more information click here.


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