For the third year in a row, the Macy’s July 4th NYC Fireworks display will be along the Hudson River, on the West Side of Manhattan.
If you’re thinking of viewing the fireworks, check out Pam Skilling’s recommendations for the best viewing spots and what to do in NYC over the long weekend.
Streets on the West Side close early on July 4 to prepare for the NYC fireworks. Be sure to plan ahead. We’ve got all the information about Street Closures, Viewing Areas, and Where To Park.
Northbound Westside Highway from 23rd Street to 57th Street — closed from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete.
Southbound Westside Highway from 42nd Street to 79th Street — closed from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete.
Southbound Westside Highway from 42nd Street to 23rd street — closed from 5:30 p.m. until approximately 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete.
BEST WAYS TO ACCESS THE VIEWING AREAS
11th Avenue at — 24th Street, 27th Street, 29th Street, 33rd & 34th Streets, 40th Street, 42nd Street, 44th Street, 50th Street, 52nd Street, 54th Street, 56th Street, 57th Street
The best views of the fireworks show will be from the northbound lanes of the West Side Highway and 12th Avenue between 20th and 59th Streets.
WHERE TO PARK
Since the Westside Highway will close beginning at 4:30 on July 4th, we suggest:
Midtown West Side — we talked with five garage operators and they’ll all be charging ‘Event Rates’ on July 4th. That probably means a $30 parking will turn into $40 or $50. If you’re looking for convenience and don’t mind paying, this is the area. But you’ll need to get there early before the closest streets are closed off.
8th Avenue — Impark let us know they have a rate of 438 for up to 10 hours at 315 W 42nd St and 305 W 43rd St. Both garages are just off 8th Avenue.
Upper East Side & Midtown East— you’ll find better rates near 1st and 2nd Avenues. You can probably get parking in a garage for $15 – $25 if you can find an Evening Rate. This means you can park after 4 – 6pm and need to be out some time by midnight or the early morning. From a midtown garage, you can take a crosstown bus or subway from Grand Central to Times Square and walk from there. You can also arrive in the early morning, before 10am, and try to get an Early Bird Rate of $11 – $20.
Street Parking — the great thing about July 4 is that it’s a public holiday. And in NYC, that means meters, alternate side of the street cleaning, school day, and commercial parking rules are not in effect. You can park any where that parking is allowed. But remember that you CANNOT park where parking is never allowed — the signs will say ‘No Parking Anytime’, ‘ No Stopping Anytime’, or ‘No Standing Anytime’.