Be Part of a New York City Tradition: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® Display

Posted on May 23, 2017

59th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Celebration

Your Choice of Brooklyn or Manhattan

Macy’s Fireworks on July 4, 2017
Macy’s philosophy of “giving back “celebrates patriotism with 5 barges, 54,000 shells and 3.5 million people lining the shores of New York’s East River.  What does it mean to be American?  The Fourth of July celebrates the American Spirit and why people have immigrated from all over the world to come together to be a part of the American dream.

Originally, the fireworks were on July 1, 1958 on the Hudson River to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the store’s founding.  In 1976, Macy’s partnered with the Walt Disney Company to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial with a fireworks display which has turned into the celebration we love to experience today.

With the NYC skyline in front of you and the fireworks display over the East River, the evening is magical.  The show starts at 9:25 PM and lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Personalize and upgrade your visit:

Discover New York can include airport transfers, tours and admission tickets to any NYC attraction.  Take a guided walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to learn it’s secrets, relax on the beach at Coney Island, cheer on Nathan’s famous qualifiers at their annual Hot Dog Easting Contest, or get a thrill-ride on the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster.  Learn about the history of the New York Dodger’s and how Jackie Robinson changed baseball forever. Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum and learn about the immigrant experience.

Spend an evening at a Comedy Club, Mets’ game on July 1st or 2nd, or a Yankees’ Game on July 3rd – 9th.  For music lovers, add a Broadway Show, Jazz or Blues Club, or attend the Billy Joel Concert at Madison Square Garden on July 5th. Brush up on your dance moves and participate in a danceathon at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center celebrating American 50’s and 60’s Rock and Roll.  Enjoy alfresco dining in a neighborhood restaurant.


Get acquainted with Manhattan on a city highlights tour, and then trace the footsteps of America’s Founding Fathers hidden behind modern buildings and obscure signs. Hear the stories about the conflicts between the two George’s: George Washington The Patriot and King George and the Loyalist families. Visit the site where the Declaration of Independence was first read to a New York audience and see the home of the first Secretary of the Treasury. Dine in a local restaurant where George Washington bade farewell to his officers after the Revolutionary War. Watch the largest pyrotechnic show in the country, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®. Relax in the back of your pedicab while exploring Central Park, New York’s backyard.


Combine food, art and fun in Brooklyn and watch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks from the comfort of your hotel room’s balcony overlooking the East River and skyline of Manhattan. Explore Brooklyn’s neighborhoods! Spend the afternoon eating your way through Williamsburg’s great mom and pop shops with your Discover New York Guide.  Hear the stories about the graffiti artists that have brought Bushwick into the forefront of the cutting-edge mural art scene.  Visit the galleries and studio openings throughout the neighborhood. Bike along the waterfront and hear the stories about the Battle of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Visit the oldest suburb of New York City and the first district to be landmarked, Brooklyn Heights, with spectacular views overlooking the East River and Manhattan.  Of 1,100 townhouses in Brooklyn Heights – over 800 of them were built before 1860. The new waterfront parks are beautiful and a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a picnic!

Contact a Discover New York Destination Specialist to personalize a July 4th package for you!

Want to Stay Up To Date With News From New York?

Subscribe to our blog and get email notifications when new entries are made!

Sign Up Now →