Macy's Fireworks Show – 2011

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This 4th of July will mark the 125th anniversary of our country’s independence.  Macy’s reported they will be having their fireworks show on the Hudson River this year.  The fireworks will be spread across 6 barges, which will be stationed between 20th and 55th street.  On average, the sparkles begin to fly between 9pm and 9:20pm.  It’s a spectacular annual event which draws huge crowds.

Obviously the 2 best places to view the show this year will be the piers on the New York or New Jersey side.  If you don’t have a car, I suggest being on the New York side.  The city has really gone out of it’s way to spruce up the west side highway in the past couple of years.  The Chelsea Waterside Park is my suggestion for people who want to see the fireworks from the New York side.  It runs along the water to offer a good view and it has some great places to lounge around while the show goes on.

Unfortunately, there is a down side to being on the Manhattan side during this event.  The NYPD will be out in numbers and trying to control the huge crowd.  There are a lot more people in NYC, and from my experience, will be more packed than the New Jersey side.  Before the event begins, I suggest dining in the meatpacking district and taking a walk through the new High Line Park.

As an alternative, I suggest driving through the Lincoln Tunnel into Weehawken.  Or if you’re dead set on public transportation, take the Path train into Hoboken.  If you’re in Weehawken, I think the ideal place would be the Weehawken Waterfront Park & Recreation Center.  I’m not sure how access will be like that night, but if that doesn’t work out, there are some public piers just south of there along Harbor Boulevard.

Now if you’ve decided to be in Hoboken during the show, the 14th St. Pier might seem like a good idea.  It’s located at 14th st. and Sinatra Dr. North.  There are 4 parks in the area that you may be able to catch the show from.  The closest will be Shipyard Park, followed by Maxwell Place Park and Elysian Park.  The furthest is Harborside Park located inside of Weehawken Cove.  I hope this helps you choose a nice spot for this weekend’s fireworks show.

Have fun and be safe.

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