Posted in To Do | music | tour dates on June 27, 2011

fireworks (more by Chris La Putt)

The 35th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks returns to the West Side to delight New Yorkers and the nation with an awe-inspiring display of patriotic firepower. This year's extravaganza, "Gift of Freedom," will feature more than 40,000 fireworks expertly synchronized to a dynamic 25-minute score that includes a mix of American standards and the hottest pop favorites!

Not in New York? Check out our entertainment
special on NBC, July 4th at 9 pm EST.

Nick Lachey hosts the TV show which will feature performances by Brad Paisley & Beyoncé.

"The Fireworks can be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. For the best views, head to 12th Avenue below 59th Street at the following access points along 11th Avenue." Note that: The Westside Highway will be closed from 22nd Street to 59th Street beginning at 4:00 pm. You can also watch from NJ. I wouldn't recommend trying to see them from Brooklyn, though it may be possible if you get up high enough somewhere. One option for watching the fireworks is aboard a Rocks Off ship.

Unfortunately there will NOT be a free concert in Battery Park this year, not that last year's was anything special (for people over 5 years old anyway). There will not be a free show on Governors Island this year either. Last year they had a free She & Him show and a Rosanne Cash show too. This year the beach on Governors will be occupied by a not-free Pacha-presented dance party (part of the four-day Dance.Here.Now. Festival).

4th of July NYC show options are pretty slim in general this year, though Shea Stadium is hosting Summerjam III with Extreme Animals, Sightings, Liturgy, PC Worship, Hubble, La Otracina, Fuckton, In Buenos Aires, Dubknowdub, Black Ribbons, Future Shuttle, and more. Zebulon, Brooklyn Bowl and Barbes are all also open that day.

July 4th is a Monday though, and it's a Monday you probably have off of work (like Bowery Presents does -- all their clubs are closed that day). That means you can stay up late Sunday, July 3rd which is when Panda Bear plays Music Hall of Williamsburg, Tinsel Teeth are at Death By Audio, The Hairs play a free afternoon show at the South Street Seaport Fulton Market, Jaga Jazzist play Le Poisson Rouge, and the Feelies play their third of three Maxwell's shows.

What else?



Comments (23)

Why West Side:(

P.S. no free july 4th show either.....sonic youth was great.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 1:38 PM

where is the best place to watch the fireworks (besides up my ass)?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 1:47 PM

Hoboken baby!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 2:05 PM

This will look great on my flat screen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 2:06 PM

^ Yeah! Away from the hipsters and along with the preppies!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 2:08 PM

River to River had such a good streak going with those 4th of July shows...then a fucking kids show and now nothing? Pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 2:08 PM

fuck new jersey. what the fuck. third year in a row that the city favors new jersey over brooklyn and queens??? i want my fucking tax money back for this and all the illegal shit the bitch ass cops do every day.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 3:20 PM

^ Macy's pays for it..It is not favoring NJ over Brooklyn and Queens...they are doing it to be patriotic so that you can see the works with the Statue and Ellis Island as a backdrop which is in NJ :)

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 4:08 PM

^ Yeah. Well they should move the fuckin statue and Ellis fucking Island.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 4:18 PM

Fuckin fuck fuckin fuck fuck

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 4:28 PM

Hey Macy's -- New York City is not between New Jersey and the West Side Highway. How about having them at South Street Seaport next year so they can be seen in Brooklyn?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 4:37 PM

nyc is not safe, nj is.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 5:06 PM

This blog is about Brooklyn so people from NJ need to shut up because you obviously don't like hanging out in your own hood. I want the fireworks back to the old spot!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 10:54 PM

come to philly and see nobunny.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 11:01 PM

Ugh. I'd love it to be on the east side so I could watch live from my place. Instead I will watch on tv like I did last year. At least there is AC in my place.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 11:12 PM

come to philly and get dem ice cold fattys

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 11:46 PM

"This blog is about Brooklyn" ??
Since when? The guy who does it lives in Brooklyn, but it's mainly about Austin and Manhattan.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2011 8:29 AM

ooo i want to go

Posted by pinki | July 3, 2011 9:25 PM

have the fireworks inside macy's. stop whining bitches...

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2011 3:27 AM

Shea Stadium??

Posted by Rob | July 4, 2011 4:10 AM

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are part of New York, and while Macy's pays for the fireworks, they do not pay for all of the police, and traffic cops. Dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2011 12:00 PM

Fuck Brooklyn, bunch of avant garde faggots!

Posted by Uncle Rawkus | July 4, 2011 1:48 PM

stop complaining,stop celebrating 4th of july

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2011 11:58 PM

Leave a Comment