4th of July Fireworks Bronx 2021 NYC
Coop City Bronx Fireworks on Hiatus & East River Fireworks Wednesday
July 4th Weekend Weather. As of this post 6/26/21, the temperature highs will be in the high 70's during the day and in the mid 60's at night on both Saturday and Sunday. There's a 40% chance of about a tenth of an inch rain on Saturday, and no rain is presently expected on Sunday. The humidity will be fairly high between 65% - 75% throughout the weekend. Winds will be fairly muted at only 5 mph all weekend.
2021 July 4th and Independence Day Fireworks the Bronx
Typically there are a number of July 4th fireworks displays that are viewable in or from the Bronx. While 2020 was a wash, 2021 isn't fully back to normal. The Orchard Beach fireworks, Astoria Park fireworks in Queens but viewable from the Bronx and the Macy's July 4th fireworks which is remotely viewable from the southern Bronx will all proceed per normal. The Coop City fireworks continues its hiatus. And for those who wish to travel to Long Island, the Jones Beach fireworks continues in 2021.
- Click here for a report about the 4th of July Fireworks in Bronx NYC & surrounding areas, including times and locations for the Orchard Beach fireworks 2021, the Coop City fireworks 2021, the Astoria Park fireworks 2021, 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 2021
Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks 2021 Along the East River
The 4th Of July Fireworks 2021 Return to Jones Beach
Orchard Beach 4th Of July Fireworks Were Held June 28th - XXX
1. Independence Day Fireworks 2021 at Orchard Beach Bronx on 6/24/21
On Thursday, June 24th from 6 - 10 pm [main performance / fireworks runs from 7 pm to 9.30 pm] there was an Independence Day celebration at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park. The event began 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 [these rates are from 2018 so the cost might differ a bit]. The event is organized by the Bronx Borough President with local pols using your tax dollars.
2. Coop City Independence Day Fireworks 2021 on Hiatus in the Bronx
As mentioned above, the Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks in the Bronx was held on Thursday, June 28th. There's a second 4th of July fireworks in the Bronx that is being held on Tuesday, July 3rd at 9 pm. The fireworks display is held at Little League Field in Co-op City in the Bronx.
3. Astoria Park Fireworks on Tuesday 6/29/21 on the East River - Mott Haven, Hunts Point & Randall's Island
The Astoria Park Fireworks will happen on Tuesday, June 29th. The festivities begin at 7.30 pm and the fireworks usually go off around dusk which is about 9.30 pm. 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 Astoria Park fireworks in Queens will be shown on Tuesday evening and provide a pastorial view from Astoria Park right alongside the East River.
The Central Astoria Development Coalition sponsors the annual fireworks display in Astoria Parkand 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 and are Remotely Viewable from Northern Staten Island & the Southern tip of the Bronx
The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be shown along the East River 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 eight years. 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.
4th Of July Fireworks In the Bronx - July 4th, 2021
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.
Best Viewing Locations For the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Bronx 2021
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, which as you can't even see on the map below, is still far removed. 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 below, 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 2021 Continue at Jones Beach, Long Island
This year there will be again be 4th of July fireworks at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island. This was one of the New York State budget cuts beginning in 2010, which affected the deployment of police officers to provide security at 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 the pandemic in 2020. Please note that there's a $10 parking fee and after 4 pm there's a $10 admission fee.
Public Transit From the Bronx To Jones Beach
You can drive to Jones Beach via the Whitestone or Throgs Neck Bridges.
Or you can take the bus from the Bronx to Flushing / Jamaica. The LIRR leaves from the Jamaica Station every half hour beginning at 5.05 pm and arrives in Freeport 21 minutes later at 5.26 pm [5.35 / 6.05 etc]. From there you take the N88 Long Island Bus. The off peak one way train fares are $5.25 at the ticket office and less via the web and more buying onboard. I believe a round trip package is available for $13.50 per person, so ask for it.
Jones Beach is a nice quick getaway from the city and based on hearsay from last year, not as crowded.
Please note that the ticket prices mentioned above are from 2012 and may have changed, but provide you will a ballpark estimate. We'll update later on.
The NYC 4th of July fireworks are viewable from all five boroughs. Click these links to specifics related to each borough - 1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2021 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2021 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2021, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2021 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC , and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2021.
July 4th Fireworks in the Bronx 2021 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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