Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2008
year, the Macy's 4th of July fireworks show will include
four barges in two locations: the traditional area between
10th and 23rd Streets and near the South Street
Seaport. The show starts at approximately 9:00 pm.
year, the show can be seen from the following locations:
RIVER - Spectators can watch the Fireworks from any
point in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens with unobstructed
views of the sky above the East River.
FDR Drive will be closed for spectator viewing at
7:00 pm from Houston to 42nd Streets. Pedestrian
access to the FDR Drive for viewing will be at 23rd,
38th, and 42nd Streets ONLY. Entrances to the FDR
Drive are handicap accessible. In downtown Manhattan,
the FDR Drive will be closed to traffic from the
Staten Island Ferry Terminal entrance ramps to the
Pearl Street exit ramp. Entrance is from the Pearl
Street Ramp only.
Pedestrians will not be allowed on the Queensboro
Bridge, and Roosevelt Island is not suggested as a viewing area as it is private property. No viewing is allowed from the Brooklyn, Manhattan,
or Williamsburg Bridges.
STREET SEAPORT - The South Street Seaport/Brooklyn
location will feature one barge stationed between
the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
VIEWING - Call the Macy's Marine Hotline at (212) 494-5243
for boater viewing and Coast Guard Safety Zone information.
Battery Park is not recommended as a viewing site.
leave your car at home. There is no street parking near
the viewing areas. Use public transportation and purchase
round-trip fare in advance (MetroCards). MetroCards
allow for free transfer to bus service. For the best
route, call the MTA Transit Hotline (daily, 6:00 am
- 10:00 pm) at (718) 330-1234 or visit www.mta.info/nyct
and click on Trip Planner for travel information in
New York City.
FDR Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from Broad
Street to the Brooklyn Bridge and from Houston Street
to 63rd Street from 3:00 pm July 4th to 1:00 am July
5th (or until clean-up is completed). Traffic entering
Manhattan from the Queensboro Bridge should proceed
north on 1st Avenue or south on 2nd Avenue. For additional
street closures and vehicular detours in Manhattan and
Brooklyn, visit the DOT
Weekend Traffic Advisory page on the DOT
Staten Island Ferry service will be suspended on Friday, July 4 from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm due to harbor closure for fireworks. The last boat from both terminals will be at 7:30 pm. The next boat will be at 10:30 pm from Whitehall and 11:00 pm from St. George. 30-minute service will be provided from 7:00 am to 7:30 pm.
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 Web site
for more information.
following buses, subways, and commuter trains will transport
viewers to and from the Fireworks:
CENTRAL STATION: 5 blocks from the River at 42nd Street.
Walk east to the FDR Drive, or take the Lexington
Avenue subway lines 4, 5, or 6. (Lexington Avenue
subway lines 4, 5, and 6--only major subway transport
to the East Side). Express Stations: lines 4 and 5
stop at 42nd and 14th Street. Local Stations: line
6 stops at 42nd, 33rd, 28th, 23rd, and 14th Streets.
1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, Q, W lines travel to Times
Square for connection to the Shuttle to Grand Central.
7 line travels between Times Square and Flushing,
stopping at Grand Central. L line travels along 14th
Street in Manhattan from 8th Avenue to Brooklyn, with
stops at 1st Avenue (Manhattan) and Bedford Avenue
(across the East River in Brooklyn).
STATION: At 34th Street on 7th or 8th Avenue, take
the M16 or M34 crosstown bus to 1st Avenue.
CENTRAL STATION: Take the 4 or 5 subway line to Fulton
Street. Walk east to South Street.
STATION: Take the A or C subway line to Broadway-Nassau.
Walk east to South Street.
2, 3, 4 or 5 line to Fulton Street. Walk east to South
Street. A or C line to Broadway-Nassau. Walk east
to South Street.
BUS LINES: 2nd Avenue - Downtown M15.
TO BROOKLYN PROMENADE: A, C, F lines to Jay Street/Borough
Hall. Walk west to the Promenade. 2, 3, 4, R lines
to Borough Hall/Court Street. Walk west to the Promenade.
2, 3 lines to Clark Street. Walk west to the Promenade.
MTA Bus Routes
Down Fifth Avenue/Broadway, Up Lafayette/Park Avenue/Madison
First Avenue, Uptown
Second Avenue, Downtown
M101, M102, M103, Third Avenue, Uptown
M102, M103, Lexington Avenue, Downtown
M22, Chambers Street, Downtown
Broadway, 6th Ave
Avenue B/Water Street
Seventh Avenue, Downtown to 31st Street
Eighth Avenue, Uptown from 31st Street
Ninth Avenue, Downtown
Tenth Avenue, Uptown
Seventh Avenue, Downtown
Eighth Avenue, Uptown
MTA Bus Routes
9th/10th Streets - Christopher Street/St. Marks Place
Houston Street up Avenue C to 23rd Street
M34 - 34th Street
Broadway to 42nd Street/United Nations
M50, 49th/50th Streets, Crosstown
following busses serve the Brooklyn/South Street Seaport
viewing areas: B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B52, B61, B65,
B69, and B75.
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.