Backstage at the Macy's 4th of July

July 1, 2009 9:25:31 PM PDT
The finishing touches are being put on the annual Macy's fireworks show.This year, instead of fireworks going off over the East River, they'll be going off on the Hudson.

Barges will be positioned on the river between the 20s and 50s.

Some of the best places to view 2009 Macy's July 4th Fireworks are:

West Side Highway and Surrounding Area

In Manhattan, 12th Avenue and the northbound lanes of the West Side Highway between 23rd and 59th Streets will be closed to traffic for public fireworks viewing. Pedestrian access to the viewing area will be via the following streets:

  • 24th
  • 26th through 30th
  • 34th
  • 40th through 44th
  • 47th through 52nd
  • 54th through 57th

    New York City parking guru Gridlock Sam says the best viewing area will probably be south of 42nd Street along the pier by the Circle Line. Other prime West Side public viewing spots include:

  • Dewitt Clinton Park (access from 11th Avenue)
  • Pier 54 (limited access from 14th Street)
  • Pier 84 (limited access from 44th Street)
  • Selected side streets between 11th and 12th avenues

    According to Macy's, the following West Side spots will NOT be open for public viewing of the fireworks: Battery Park, Battery Park City, Hudson River Piers (except Pier 54 and Pier 84 as described above, the Hudson Park Promenade between West Houston and 59th Streets, and the Hudson River Park Bike Path between West Houston and 59th street.

    New Jersey

    You'll find great views of the Macy's 2009 fireworks from Hoboken and Weehawken, with decent views from Jersey City and North Bergen.


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