4th of July Fireworks in the Bronx 2023 NYC
Orchard Beach River Fireworks Thursday 6/29/23
NYC Weather Update 7.4.23 - On July 4th the humidity will remain about 80%. Unfortunately the winds will have died down to 3 mph. The temperature high will be in the low 80's and the temperature low will be in the low 70's. There's a 1/3 inch of rain expected - mostly between the hours of 11 am - 7 pm - so by dusk, which is after 9 pm, the temperatures will be in the 70's, no rain but it will be humid.
Temperature highs will range from the low to high 80's through the July 4th holiday on Tuesday. The tempeature lows will range from the mid 60's to the mid 70's, rising a bit reach day. The winds will range from 5 - 10 mph from now through Tuesday. The humidity will range from 60% - 70% Friday, then rising up to 80% for Saturday, and then staying there for Sunday and Monday, before falling back to 60% - 70% on Tuesday. Rain. Between a quarter and half inch of rain is expected on Sunday, and a quarter inch on Monday. While there may be clouds on the other days, rain is not expected. Air Quality. We continue to experience some of the unhealthy conditions from the Canadian forest fires caused by climate change which is caused by carbon emissions from folks' gas guzzling autos & other carbon emitting machinery. To stay abreast of the air quality in NYC copy and paste this link into your browswer bar - https://www.airnow.gov.
July 4th 2023 Fireworks in the Bronx / Independence Day Fireworks Bx
Typically there are a number of July 4th fireworks displays that are viewable in or from the Bronx. While 2020 was a wash, and 2021 wasn't fully back to normal, things returned in 2022, and continue to normalize this year  as well. The season began with a fireworks show in Van Cortlandt Park following a NY Philharmonic concert. The Orchard Beach fireworks is in the Bronx and only a couple weeks away, as is the Astoria Park fireworks show in Queens, which is viewable from the South Bronx. Lastly, there's the Macy's July 4th fireworks which is remotely viewable from the southern Bronx, particularly from Randalls Island which is technically a part of Manhattan, but can be reached by foot from the South Bronx [Mott Haven and maybe Baretto Park in Hunts Point might also provide Macy's July 4th fireworks views]. The Coop City fireworks continues its hiatus and at this point seems to have discontinued its effort. And for those who wish to travel to Long Island, the Jones Beach fireworks continue in 2023.
- Click here for a report about the 4th of July Fireworks in Bronx NYC & surrounding areas, including times and locations for the Van Cortlandt Park fireworks, the Orchard Beach fireworks, the Coop City fireworks appears to have been discontinued, the Astoria Park fireworks in Queens, the Macy's 4th of July fireworks along the East River in NYC, and the Jones Beach fireworks on Long Island.
4th Of July Fireworks Bronx 2023
Orchard Beach 4th Of July Fireworks Scheduled for Thursday, June 29th
Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks 2023 Along the East River
The 4th Of July Fireworks 2023 Continue at Jones Beach
SEE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR OTHER THINGS TO DO THIS JULY 4TH WEEKEND, AS WELL AS THRU THE REST OF THE SUMMER. WE UPDATE WEEKLY UNTIL THE NEW ADDITIONS TAPER DOWN.
Van Cortlandt Park Fireworks in the Bronx NYC
Late Arrival - Tuesday, June 13, 2023 beginning at 9.30 pm, fireworks in Van Cortlandt Park at 251st Street following the NY Philharmonic concert.
Contact. For details see - https://vancortlandt.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/vcpalliance/
1. Independence Day Fireworks at Orchard Beach Bronx on Thursday, June 29th, 2023
On Thursday, June 29th from 6 - 10 pm [main performance / fireworks runs from 7 pm to 9.30 pm] there is an Independence Day celebration at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park. The event generally begins with a concert and a few guest speakers, and just after 9 pm the fireworks display begins along the beach. The event is free, but parking is $8 for a car and $13 for a larger or commercial vehicle. The event is organized by the Bronx Borough President with NYC Parks.
2. Coop City Independence Day Fireworks in the Bronx Appears to have been Discontinued - Updated 6.15.23
There used to be a 4th of July fireworks in the Bronx which was held at Little League Field in Co-op City in the Bronx. But it hasn't happened since prior to the pandemic and does not appear to be returning.
3. Astoria Park Fireworks on Thursday 6/29/23 on the East River - Viewable from Mott Haven, Hunts Point & Randall's Island
The best viewing locations in NYC Parks from the Bronx are: 1) Randall's Island, 2) from St. Mary's Park in Mott Haven at St. Ann's Avenue at 149th Street [go to the top of the park hills] or 3) Barretto Point Park which is at Tiffany Street and Viele Avenue on the southwest end of Hunts Point.
This fireworks display is also put together by the Grucci Brothers, the same fireworks company doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks along the East River on July 4th, in NYC.
The Central Astoria Development Coalition sponsors the annual fireworks display in Astoria Park and the Queens Symphony Orchestra warms up the crowd beginning around 7.30 pm by playing classical music from the 19th & 20th centuries on a stage overlooking the East River in front of the great lawn of Astoria Park [between the pool and Hellgate Bridge].
Click to view a story about the Astoria Park Fireworks show of 2013 in Queens. The photo at right shows the July 4th / Independence Day fireworks in Astoria Queens in a prior year.
4. Macy's July 4th Fireworks along the East River Provide Good Viewing from Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens but are Only Remotely Viewable from the Southern tip of the Bronx & the Northern tip of Staten Island
The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be shown along the East River again this year. They were shown along the East River in 2014 for the first time since 2008, and have remained on the East River ever since. Mayor de Blasio had lobbied the change, which now spans ten years. As previously mentioned, the Grucci Brothers will be doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC, which they've been doing for decades.
Recent History of Macy's Fireworks Locations
In 2009 the Macy's 4th of July fireworks were moved to the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side. We were informed they'd moved it to the Hudson River to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the river. The Macys 4th of July fireworks display remained there until July 4th 2014, when the Macy's 4th of July fireworks returned to the East River, where it has remained ever since.
Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks In the Bronx - July 4th, 2023
The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be lit upon the East River again this year.
There will be five barges this year. The number of barges seems to vary between four and five from year to year. The barges will be positioned in the East River between the equivalent of 23rd and 42nd streets on the Manhattan side and 48th Avenue in Long Island City and Green Street in Williamsburg / Greenpoint in Brooklyn. The positioning of the barges and the number of them is designed to maximize the viewing options for an audience estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.
THE FOLLOWING SECTION NEEDS A NEW MAP AND A BIT OF WORK. 6.15.23 - STAY TUNED.
Best Viewing Locations For the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Bronx 2023
Bronx. Viewing of the Macy's July 4th fireworks from the Bronx is far from ideal as the closest viewing location is the southern end of Randall's Island [actually a part of Manhattan but accessible by foot, bike or car from the Bronx]. The other option is Barretto Point Park near the southern tip of Hunts Point, but that is also suboptimal.
Queens. Blocks along the East River within local neighborhoods on both sides of the river will be cordoned off by the police. This effort begins around 3 to 4 pm in the afternoon and tightens up as the crowds gather. The fireworks are expected to begin about 9.20 pm but you'll need time to get into position. It's also recommended that you forego the lawn chairs and other extra baggage to the extent you can, especially the later you move into position, as this will not just encumber you getting through the crowd.
Looking at the red upside down obelisks, on the map at right, from bottom left to top right you see: The location of the northern most fireworks barges in the East River. Gantry Park and the southern tip of Roosevelt Island provide good viewing locations, but access is limited prior to showtime, so I recommend you go no later than late afternoon / very early evening [5 pm'ish]. Queens Bridge Park is also located along the East River, just north of the Queensboro Bridge, but the view is a bit obstructed. The last two locations, Socrates Sculpture Park and Astoria Park are furthest away, and I tested them back in 2016 and found them pretty removed from the action - but the upside there was plenty of room to relax.
Manhattan. Looking at the red upside down obelisks, on the map below, from bottom left to top right you see a number of viewing locations that have worked in prior years and the further north you'll see the ones we expect to be pretty good this year. The locations include the South Street Seaport which is optimal but crowded and you have to get there early in the day to get in. At the green space adjacent to City Hall at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge is fair, although the high rises block some good measure of the view. Coleman Square and Martin Tanahey Playground have the same issue as the green space at City Hall - some good viewing spots & others not as good. Corlears Hook Park on the Lower East Side should be very good this year.
Brooklyn. The next set of viewing locations are north of the Williamsburg Bridge and are new as optimal ones. In prior years the Lower East Side buildings blocked the view. But this year with the addition of the two new barges north of the Brooklyn Bridge around 30th Street these should provide a good view. These include the East River Baseball field along the East River and Baruch Playground, a bit south and a couple blocks in. And most of the rest of the markers are in spots along the East River, as most of them should have a good Manhattan 4th of July fireworks viewing location. Enjoy.
5. The 4th Of July Fireworks 2023 at Jones Beach on Nearby Long Island
The Jones Beach Fireworks display has been a Long Island tradition for many years. Jones Beach is a quick 21 minute train ride from the city, or a reasonable 38 mile car ride from the city, when traffic isn't terrible on the Southern State Parkway or the Meadowbrook State Parkway leading into the park.
Best Viewing Location & Times. While the best viewing location is the beach just south of the Jones Beach Central Mall, most spots along the beach in the park also offer good viewing locations that are likely to be less crowded. And the fireworks, like those in the city, start around dusk which give or take is about 9.30 pm. For cars, admission to the park is $10 and includes the fireworks show.
Recent History. The Jones Beach fireworks were one of the New York State budget cuts beginning in 2010. Allocations had not been made for the deployment of police officers, to provide security for the event. In 2015 the Governor and the New York State Parks announced that these cuts were restored and the fireworks on Jones Beach on Long Island have continued ever since - excepting during the first year of outbreak of the CoVid pandemic in 2020. They returned in 2021, and continued in 2022 and now 2023. Please note that there's a $10 parking fee and after 4 pm there's a $10 admission fee.
Public Transit From Manhattan / Queens To Jones Beach 2023
Jones Beach Fireworks Public Transit. From Queens, take the LIRR [Long Island Railroad] from the Jamaica Station which leaves every 20 minutes during peak hours, arriving in Freeport about 20 minutes later. The return frequency is about the same, as is the travel time of the trip. From the train station, you can take the N88 Long Island Bus, using an MTA Metrocard or coins valued at $2.75. The MTA offers a Jones Beach round trip ticket for $17.50 from Queens and $21.50 from Manhattan. Jones Beach is a nice quick getaway from the city, and while crowded on the 4th of July, it shouldn't feel as crowded as in the city.
Contact / Tickets. For LIRR details and tickets see - https://new.mta.info/
Links to Other Pages on this Site of Things To Do in the Bronx NYC This Summer of 2023
Knock yourself out. We update weekly until the new additions taper down sometime in mid to late summer.
Bronx 4th of July Fireworks. CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks 2023 BX NYC.
Bronx Parades. CLICK here to look for parades in any of the five boroughs - Queens Parades & Cultural Festivals Qns NYC, Brooklyn Parades & Cultural Festivals Bk NYC, Bronx Parades & Cultural Festivals Bx NYC, Staten Island Parades & Cultural Festivals SI NYC, and Manhattan Parades & Cultural Festivals Mhtn NYC.
Bronx Street Fairs. CLICK here to look for food festivals, art festivals and street fairs - Manhattan street fairs NYC, Queens street fairs NYC, Bronx street fairs NYC, Brooklyn street fairs NYC and Staten Island street fairs NYC.
Bronx Arts & Cultural Institutions. CLICK here for ongoing exhibits and performance events - Queens things to do & events Qns NYC, Manhattan things to do & events Mhtn NYC, Brooklyn things to do & events Bk NYC, Bronx things to do & events Bx NYC, and Staten Island things to do & events SI NYC. Be advised that these calendars aren't yet up to snuff as of this posting, but they should be brought up to our standards within the next few weeks.
Mostly Free Swimming Pools Bronx NYC. CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.
Mostly Free Summer Concerts Bronx NYC. CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.
Mostly Free Summer Theater Bronx NYC. CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.
Mostly Free Summer Movies Bronx NYC. CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in the Bronx NYC.
LINKS TO - July 4th Fireworks in All Five Boros of NYC 2023
The NYC 4th of July fireworks are viewable from all five boroughs.
Click these links to specifics related to each borough -
Click the links below to read stories about other July 4th fireworks shows in the Bronx.
Coming at a much later date.
July 4th Fireworks in the Bronx 2023 NYC
Related 4th Of July Stories LIC & Astoria - Prior Years
Click here to read our report on the 4th Of July fireworks along the East River in LIC / Long Island City in 2008.
Click here to read our report of the July 4th fireworks in Astoria Park in 2009 including a fireworks slide show.
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