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Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular, 2003
The East River, NYC

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2003 will have four barges in the East River between East 23rd Street and East 42nd Street. Pedestrians can view the show from any of these following locations. The Fireworks Spectacular starts at approximately 9:20 PM.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
  • The Southbound lanes of the F.D.R. Drive between 14th Street and 42nd Street will be opened to the public at 7:00 PM access at 23rd, 38th, 42nd and 48th Streets ONLY. Handicap accessibility is available and coordinated by the NYPD at 34th Street and the F.D.R. Drive.
  • Any point in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens with unobstructed views of the sky above the East River including; Midtown Manhattan, Hunter's Point, Queens and Greenpoint, Brooklyn are also excellent viewing areas.

Vehicular Traffic detours include:

  • The FDR Drive will be closed to vehicles from 7 PM to 1 AM on July 4th from E. Houston Street to 63rd Street. It will be open from Houston Street to the Brooklyn Bridge and will then be closed from south of the Brooklyn Bridge to the Staten Island Ferry. Downtown access to the FDR Drive will be at the Manhattan Civic Center/Brooklyn Bridge/Pearl Street exit ramp. Pedestrian access to the FDR Drive for spectator viewing will be at 23rd, 38th and 42nd Streets only. The four East River Bridges (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Queensboro) all will be open to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians will not be allowed on the four bridges.
  • The ban on single occupancy vehicles entering Manhattan below 14th Street will be suspended on Friday, July 4th. The HOV lanes on the Gowanus and Prospect Expressways into the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel also will be suspended.
  • Furman Street will be closed from Atlantic Avenue to Cadman Plaza West from 7 PM to approximately 1 AM.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge will be open to traffic (pedestrian promenade will be closed), as will the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges.
  • Street closings by South Street Seaport will be announced.


Macy's 4th of July Fireworks SpectacularThis year's show will be enhanced by an additional show that will increase the number of places to view the nation's largest fireworks display. The South Street Seaport/Brooklyn location will feature two barges stationed between the boroughs of Brooklyn (between Joralemon and Montague Streets) and Manhattan (between Broad and Wall Streets) giving viewers on the South Eastern tip of the island, south of the Brooklyn Bridge, a chance to join in America's in the fireworks extravaganza.

  • In Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, and Furman Street from Atlantic Avenue to Cadman Plaza West will provide optimal viewing, as well as any point between Joralemon and Cranberry Streets with a clear view of the sky above the East River, and south of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • In Manhattan, prime pedestrian viewing will be available on the lower F.D.R. Drive, which will be closed from Broad Street to the Brooklyn Bridge for this show. The F.D.R. Drive will be accessible to pedestrians at the Manhattan Civic Center (Brooklyn Bridge/Pearl Street exit ramp). High-rise buildings and rooftops that have a clear view of the East River between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights, south of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • No viewing is allowed from the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge or Williamsburg Bridge.

Use public transportation! It's the quickest and most convenient way to get around. Parking is not available in the viewing area. Additional buses, subways and MTA trains will be available to and from the event. Local holiday schedules will be in effect. Attendees should check for exact times. Visit the MTA for more information.

The following buses, subways and commuter trains will transport viewers to and from the Fireworks:



  • #4 and #5 Express service: Stops include: 14th Street/Union Square or 42nd Street/Grand Central Station.
  • #6 Local service: Stops include: 14th Street/Union Square, 23rd Street, 28th Street, 33rd Street and 42nd Street/Grand Central Station.


  • Stops include: Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street and Fifth Avenue


  • E to Fifth Avenue or Lexington Avenue


  • Fifth Avenue/60th Street and Lexington Avenue/59th Street stops


  • 7 Local service from Queens, with stops at Grand Central Station.
  • L Canarsie Line runs along 14th Street. SUBURBAN/COMMUTER ROUTES



  • M15, First Avenue, Uptown.
  • M15, Second Avenue, Downtown
  • M101, M102, M103, Third Avenue, Uptown
  • M101, M102, M103, Lexington Avenue, Downtown
  • M6, M22, Chambers Street, Downtown
  • M6, Broadway
  • M10, Seventh Avenue, Downtown
  • M10, Eighth Avenue, Uptown
  • M11, Ninth Avenue, Downtown
  • M11, Tenth Avenue, Uptown


  • M14, 14th Street
  • M21, Houston Street up First Avenue to 23rd Street
  • M23, 23rd Street
  • M16, M34 - 34th Street
  • M42, 42nd Street
  • M104, Broadway to 42nd Street/United Nations
  • M27, M50, 49th/50th Streets, Crosstown


The following busses serve the Brooklyn/South Street Seaport viewing areas: B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B52, B61, B65, B69 and B75


New York Bus Service

Liberty Lines Express/Commuter Bus Lines


Metro-North Railroad

Long Island Rail Road


City Emergency Medical Services and health services personnel will be positioned in the viewing area. For further assistance, contact a policeman in your viewing area.


All spectator vessels may view the Fireworks display from the following location:

  • The East River: South of the Williamsburg Bridge, Newton Creek, east of the Pulaski Bascule Bridge and East River, north of the southernmost tip of Roosevelt Island.

For additional boating information call Macy's Marine Hot Line at (212) 494-5243. The general public should call Macy's Fireworks Hot Line at (212) 494-4495.


Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly and Fire Commissioner Scoppetta Urge New Yorkers to Have a Safe Holiday Weekend   

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