4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular, 2003
The East River, NYC
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.
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.
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.
Traffic detours include:
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.
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.
Street will be closed from Atlantic Avenue to Cadman
Plaza West from 7 PM to approximately 1 AM.
Brooklyn Bridge will be open to traffic (pedestrian
promenade will be closed), as will the Manhattan
and Williamsburg Bridges.
closings by South Street Seaport will be announced.
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT SHOW
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
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
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.
viewing is allowed from the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan
Bridge or Williamsburg Bridge.
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.
following buses, subways and commuter trains will
transport viewers to and from the Fireworks:
AVENUE LINE (#4,5,6)
and #5 Express service: Stops include: 14th Street/Union
Square or 42nd Street/Grand Central Station.
Local service: Stops include: 14th Street/Union
Square, 23rd Street, 28th Street, 33rd Street and
42nd Street/Grand Central Station.
AVENUE LINE (F, V)
include: Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street and Fifth
AVENUE LINE (A, C, E)
to Fifth Avenue or Lexington Avenue
BMT LINE (R and W)
Avenue/60th Street and Lexington Avenue/59th Street
Local service from Queens, with stops at Grand
Canarsie Line runs along 14th Street. SUBURBAN/COMMUTER
MTA BUS ROUTES
First Avenue, Uptown.
Second Avenue, Downtown
M102, M103, Third Avenue, Uptown
M102, M103, Lexington Avenue, Downtown
M22, Chambers Street, Downtown
Seventh Avenue, Downtown
Eighth Avenue, Uptown
Ninth Avenue, Downtown
Tenth Avenue, Uptown
Houston Street up First Avenue to 23rd Street
M34 - 34th Street
Broadway to 42nd Street/United Nations
M50, 49th/50th Streets, Crosstown
MTA BUS ROUTES
following busses serve the Brooklyn/South Street
Seaport viewing areas: B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B52,
B61, B65, B69 and B75
York Bus Service
Lines Express/Commuter Bus Lines
Island Rail Road
Emergency Medical Services and health services personnel
will be positioned in the viewing area. For further
assistance, contact a policeman in your viewing area.
spectator vessels may view the Fireworks display
from the following location:
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
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.