The New York City Police Department today announced street closures for the Macy's Annual Fireworks Display over the East River. The event will take place on Friday, July 4, 2014 beginning at about 9:20 p.m. and ending at 9:50 p.m. The Police Department would like to remind spectators that no large backpacks, lawn chairs, lawn blankets, umbrellas, large coolers or alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the viewing area. All restricted items are subject to search and/or seizure.
Drivers are advised to use public transportation and avoid the following locations between 2 p.m. and 2 a.m.
FDR Highway in both directions from Battery Park Underpass to Houston Street from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete
South Street in both directions from Montgomery to State Streets from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete.
Front Street from Old Slip to Dover Street from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete.
Eastbound Brooklyn Bridge traffic from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete. This includes walkways on the Bridge.
Westbound Brooklyn Bridge traffic from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete. This includes walkways on the Bridge.
Beginning at 4 p.m. spectators may gain access to the public viewing sections on the elevated portions of the FDR drive. This location offers an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River from the access points listed below. Access points will be closed as viewing areas fill up. Spectators will then be redirected to open access points as appropriate:
Spectators are reminded that dogs are not permitted in the spectator pens.
- Montgomery & South Streets – from the North (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street)
- Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Pl. (Pearl St) & Wagner Pl. (viewing both north & South of the Brooklyn Bridge)
- Murray Bertraum HS track and Field facility – at the base of the Manhattan Bridge entrance at Market & Cherry Streets
In addition to the fireworks, at approximately 8 p.m. on Friday evening, subject to weather conditions, NYPD Aviation Unit helicopters will fly over the East River between the Verrazano Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge.
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., media parking for "Broadcast Vehicles Only" will be available in the northbound service lane (stripes) north of the exit 2 ramp on the FDR. Broadcast vehicles may queue on the West side of South Street between Whitehall & Broad Streets for security screening.
No broadcast vehicle may enter the media parking area until directed to do so by a DCPI representative.