Manhattan 4th of July Fireworks 2021 NYC
Best Viewing Places / Locations to Watch Fireworks in Manhattan NYC
July 4th Weekend Weather. As of this post 6/26/21, the temperature highs will be in the high 70's during the day and in the mid 60's at night on both Saturday and Sunday. There's a 40% chance of about a tenth of an inch rain on Saturday, and no rain is presently expected on Sunday. The humidity will be fairly high between 65% - 75% throughout the weekend. Winds will be fairly muted at only 5 mph all weekend.
Macy's July 4th Fireworks along the East River Provide Good Viewing from Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens and are Remotely Viewable from Northern Staten Island & the Southern tip of the Bronx
The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be shown along the East River this year. They were shown along the East River in 2014 for the first time since 2008, and have remained on the East River ever since. Mayor de Blasio had lobbied the change, which now spans eight years. The Grucci Brothers will be doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC, which they've been doing for decades.
Click here for a report about where to watch the 4th of July Fireworks in Manhattan NYC 2021 & surrounding areas, including times and locations for the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC and at Jones Beach on Long Island.
4th Of July Fireworks Manhattan 2021 NYC
Astoria Park Fireworks on Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks 2021 Along the East River, Followed by Coney Island Fireworks in Brooklyn
The 4th Of July Fireworks 2021 on Jones Beach on Long Island
Before July 4th there will be a fireworks display at Astoria Park, which is across from Manhattan and viewable via Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side Park as well as Randall's Island, which Manhattan cyclists and pedestrians may reach via a walking bridge located at Playground 103, which is at 102nd Street and the FDR.
1. Astoria Park on Tuesday 6/29 on the East River - Queens July 4th Fireworks
The Astoria Park Fireworks will happen on Tuesday, June 29th. The festivities begin at 7.30 pm and the fireworks usually go off around dusk which is about 9.30 pm. The best viewing location is from the Great Lawn, but be advised that each year these fireworks become more popular.
This fireworks display is also put together by the Grucci Brothers, the same fireworks company doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks along the East River on July 4th, in NYC. The Astoria Park fireworks in Queens will be shown on Tuesday evening and provide a pastorial view from Astoria Park right alongside the East River.
The Central Astoria Development Coalition sponsors the annual fireworks display in Astoria Parkand the Queens Symphony Orchestra warms up the crowd beginning around 7.30 pm by playing classical music from the 19th & 20th centuries on a stage overlooking the East River in front of the great lawn of Astoria Park [between the pool and Hellgate Bridge].
Click to view a story about the Astoria Park Fireworks show of 2013 in Queens. The photo at right shows the July 4th / Independence Day fireworks in Astoria Queens in a prior year.
2. July 4th Fireworks In Manhattan 2021
The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be lit upon the East River again this year. There will be five barges this year, and they will be positioned in the East River between 23rd and 42nd streets on the Manhattan side - further north than the three centered around the Brooklyn Bridge in 2014.
In essence the expanded number of barges and changed location has the effect of expanding the viewing options for an audience estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. The show will be more easily viewable from the shores of the East River including the East Village, Stuyvestant Town and up along Kips Bay & the Uniited Nations. In the past the East Village wasn't a good viewing location, because the East River curves west as it heads south toward the harbor, and the high rise buildings on the Lower East Side blocked the view. This year with the five barges and modified location of them, this is less likely to be the case.
Best Viewing Locations For 4th of July Fireworks Manhattan 20218
Blocks along the East River within local neighborhoods on both sides of the river will be cordoned off by the police. This effort begins around 3 to 4 pm in the afternoon and tightens up as the crowds gather. This is more true the further south and closer to the fireworks you go. The fireworks are expected to begin about 9.20 pm but you'll need time to get into position. It's also recommended that you forego the lawn chairs and other extra baggage to the extent you can, especially the later you move into position, as this will not just encumber you getting through the crowd.
FYI - I need to rework / review the viewing location guidance below. It's directionally correct, but needs updating, as Macy's and Grucci continue to make modifications to barge locations, in order to provide the best viewing from the most locations. To date they have not disclosed the location for the barges this year [map below from prior year], but they are tweaking this - not making whole sale changes to it.
FORMERLY GREAT LOCATIONS possibly NOT as GOOD ANYMORE [4 red flags at bottom of map below]. Looking at the red upside down obelisks, on the map below, from bottom left to top right you see a number of viewing locations that have worked in prior years BUT AREN'T as GOOD AS SOME OF THE BARGES MOVED NORTH. The best viewing locations once included the South Street Seaport which was crowded and you had to get there early in the day to get in. The green space adjacent to City Hall at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge WAS fair, although the high rises block some good measure of the view. Coleman Square and Martin Tanahey Playground have the same issue as the green space at City Hall - some good viewing spots & others not as good. Corlears Hook Park on the Lower East Side should be good this year.
Probable OPTIMAL VIEWING LOCALES IN MANHATTAN. The next set of viewing locations are north of the Williamsburg Bridge and are new as optimal ones. In prior years the Lower East Side buildings blocked the view. But this year with the addition of the two new barges north of the Brooklyn Bridge around 30th Street these should provide a good view. These include the East River Baseball field along the East River and Baruch Playground, a bit south and a couple blocks in. And most of the rest of the markers are in spots along the East River, as most of them should have a good Manhattan 4th of July fireworks viewing location. Enjoy.
Also see good viewing location in Queens using link below.
3. Coney Island July 4th Fireworks in Brooklyn NYC 2021
The Coney Island fireworks will begin shortly after the Macy's 4th of July fireworks end on the East River on July 4th, 2021. This is generally a bit before 10 pm. The Coney Island 4th of July fireworks will be held on the beach generally in the area of the Steeple which is at xyz. This is a free event.
4. The 4th Of July Fireworks 2018 Returns To Jones Beach, Long Island
This year there will be any 4th of July fireworks at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island. This was one of the New York State budget cuts beginning in 2010, which affected the deployment of police officers to provide security at the event. The Governor and the New York State Parks announced that these cuts have been restored and that the fireworks on Jone Beach in Long Island will continue this year, following their reinstitution in 2014. Please note that there's a $10 parking fee and after 4 pm there's a $10 admission fee.
Public Transit From Manhattan To Jones Beach
The LIRR leaves from Penn Station every half hour beginning around 4.30 - 4.45 pm and arrives in Freeport about 40 minutes later at 5.26 pm [5.35 / 6.05 etc]. From there you take the N88 Long Island Bus. The off peak one way train fares are about or less than $10 at the ticket office and less via the web and more when buying onboard. I believe a round trip package is available for about / under $20 per person. Jones Beach is a nice quick getaway from the city and based on hearsay from last year, not as crowded.
Please note that the ticket prices mentioned above are a ballpark estimate.
The NYC 4th of July fireworks are viewable from all five boroughs. Click these links to specifics related to each borough - 1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2021 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2021 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2021, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2021 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC , and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2021.
July 4th Fireworks In Manhattan 2021 NYC
Related 4th Of July Stories in Manhattan - Prior Years
Click here for the July 4th fireworks and other holidays in Manhattan or click this to go directly to a report about 4th of July fireworks in Manhattan in a prior year. And click here for NYC July 4th fireworks in Queens and July 4th fireworks in the Bronx.
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