The Fourth of July
Photo - Macy’s
Fireworks are one of the great traditions of the Fourth of July celebration. In New York, Macy’s puts on the show. And what a show!!
The fireworks are set off from six barges on the Hudson River spaced from 18th Street to 43rd Street. Two miles of sky light up with the amazingly synchronized explosions of 40,000 shells.
For many years, the fireworks show took place on the East River, but in 2009 the show was moved to the Hudson River to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the river in search of the northwest passage. It has been held on the Hudson ever since, much to the chagrin of Brooklynites I’m sure.
Last year was our first Fourth of July in New York and we were lucky enough to be able to view the show from the comfort of a boardroom in an office building on 8th Avenue.
I know, totally spoiled! Not only did we not have to fight the crowds and stake out a spot early, we had an amazing vantage point that overlooked the river from just the right height.
Macy’s publishes very specific information about the Best Spots to see the show. Unless you know someone with a terrace facing west that has a clear view to the river (and if you do, you should tell me) you should look at the information that is provided in the link above. I’ve been given the advice to arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. in order to ensure a decent viewing spot.
So, let’s hope for perfect weather - Fireworks like this only come around once a year. And if you find a good spot, enjoy the show!