4th of July Fireworks Bronx 2018
Coop City Bronx Fireworks Tuesday Night & East River Fireworks Wednesday
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 five years.
Weather. Highs will be in the mid 80's during the day and in the high 70's at night. There's a 40% chance of rain in the forecast in the morning, but only 5 - 10% chance of rain at night, so it should be a fair night.
The Grucci Brothers will be doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC. They have been doing fireworks for many years and the Macy's July 4th fireworks in Manhattan for decades.
Coop City Fireworks Display for July 4th 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.
For those looking for fireworks on 4th of July 2018, you'll have ample opportunity to view the East River fireworks, as the pyrotechnic performance was expanded in 2016 to provide more viewing access along both side of the East River.
Click here for a report about the 4th of July Fireworks in Bronx NYC & surrounding areas, including times and locations for the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC and Jones Beach on Long Island.
4th Of July Fireworks Bronx 2018
Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks 2018 On East River
The 4th Of July Fireworks 2018 Continue at Jones Beach
Orchard Beach 4th Of July Fireworks Were Held June 28th
July 4th Fireworks Display at Orchard Beach Bronx
On Thursday, June 28th from 7 to 9.30 pm there was an Independence Day celebration at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park. The event begins with a concert and a few guest speakers and just after 9 pm begins with the fireworks display 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 local pols using your tax dollars.
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, 2018
The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be lit upon the East River again this year. There will be FOUR barges this year. In 2016 there were FIVE barges and not sure what it was in 2017. 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 show will be more easily viewable from the shores of Long Island City, the clear and high points of Sunnyside and likely Astoria as well.
Best Viewing Locations For 4th of July Fireworks Bronx 2018
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.
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.
The 4th Of July Fireworks 2018 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. The Governor and the New York State Parks announced that these cuts were restored in 2015 and the fireworks on Jones Beach on Long Island have continued ever since. Please note that there's a $10 parking fee and after 4 pm there's a $10 admission fee.
Public Transit From Queens To Jones Beach
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.
Fireworks 2018 In Queens - Astoria Park Was The Place To Be - On Thursday, June 28th
Queens residents had a third fireworks option last week: the July 4th fireworks 2018 in Astoria Park on Thursday, June 28th. It wasn't a perfect night as the highs Thursday were around 80 and the lows in the high 60's, but there was rain in the late afternoon / early evening which put a damper on things.
The Central Astoria Development Coalition sponsors an annual fireworks display in Astoria Park, generally around the end of June. The Queens Symphony Orchestra started warming up the crowd 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]. While many Queens residents attend this event [it seems to have become increasingly popular over the past ten years], this year there was still ample room to throw a blanket, enjoy a snack or late picnic dinner and enjoy the show.
Click the links below to read stories about other July 4th fireworks shows in Queens.
July 4th Fireworks In Queens & LIC 2018
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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