On Saturday, July 4, Macy's Fireworks Spectacular will illuminate the skies over the East River for the second year in a row. (Those of you who miss when the sparklers exploded over the Hudson River, take note: you can see New Jersey's Liberty State Park's Fireworks near the Statue of Liberty.) But if only Macy's Fireworks will do, you should be able to catch the show from many neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan, and parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
The glorious Brooklyn Bridge will serve as the backdrop for the fireworks. More than 50,000 are scheduled to burst forth from six floating barges on the water, synchronized to a soundtrack of patriotic standards. And if you're worried about the weather, Macy's says the show will go on rain or shine (though perhaps a little late).
If you're hoping to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks live, it's never too early to start planning your viewing strategy. Tickets for paid viewing options like 4th of July Fireworks cruises are already on sale and going fast. Of course, you don't need to spend a penny to see the sparklers, but there are some important things to know before you go. We've got the scoop on how to find the best places to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in person with your family.