Thursday is the Fourth of July which means Macy's annual fireworks extravaganza. For 2019, they'll be set off starting at 9:20 PM on four barges stationed along the East River between Broad Street and the Brooklyn Bridge (which is a lot further south than last year). There will be over 70,000 individual effects being launched and among this year's treats is a 1600-foot-long waterfall of fireworks "burst from the span between the large towers of the Brooklyn Bridge" and new effects like "Wolf Whistle," "Little Snakes," "Hidden Happy Faces," "Revolving Dragons" and "Multicolor Meteor Mines."

As for where to watch, any place with a clear view of the river (not as easy as it used to be) and there are five official elevated viewing spots on the FDR:

  • Broad Street & Water Street
  • Pearl Street & Dover Street
  • Robert F Wagner Sr. Place & St. James Place
  • Pearl Street & St. James Place
  • Montgomery & Cherry St.

You can also access the Lower Promenade with the following entry points: Pike Slip & Cherry Street, and Market Street & Cherry Street.

You can also watch on NBC and the telecast will also feature performances by Luke Bryan, Ciara, Derek Hough, Khalid, Maren Morris, and Brad Paisley. The score for the fireworks this year will be classic cinema themes and Jennifer Hudson will sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" live.

There will also be Fourth of July Fireworks at Coney Island, and Jersey City's annual fireworks celebration this year will feature performances by Pitbull and Akon.