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Where To Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Dallas and NYC

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Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Dallas

 

ADDISON

Addison Kaboom Town- July 3rd
www.addisonkaboomtown.com

ARLINGTON

Light Up Arlington- July 3rd
www.lightuparlington.com

Arlington 4th of July Parade- July 4th

www.arlington4th.org

Texas Rangers Post Game Fireworks- July 4th
www.texasrangers.com

BEDFORD

4th Fest
www.bedfordtx.gov

THE COLONY

Liberty by the Lake- July 4th
www.thecolonytx.gov

COPPELL

Parade Down Parkway- July 4th
www.celebratecoppell.com

DALLAS

Dallas Marathon Five on the Fourth- July 4th
www.bmwdallasmarathon.com

Red, White and Blues Music at the Dallas Arboretum- July 1st &4th
www.dallasarboretum.org

Red, White and Boom on the Bridge- July 3rd
www.kluv.radio.com/red-white-boom

Old Fashioned Fourth- July 4th
www.dallasheritagevillage.worldsecuresystems.com/event/old-fashioned-fourth-3

Fair Park Fourth- July 4th
www.fairpark.org

DENTON

4th of July Yankee Doodle Parade and Liberty 5K- July 4th
www.discoverdenton.com

DUNCANVILLE

Independence Day Celebration- July 4th

www.duncanville.com

FARMERS BRANCH

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration- July 3rd

www.farmersbranchtx.gov

FORT WORTH

Fort Worth’s Fourth- July 4th

www.fortworthsfourth.com

FRISCO

Frisco Freedom Fest- July 3rd & 4th
www.friscofreedomfest.org

GARLAND

Star-Spangled Spectacular

www.visitgarlandtx.com

GRAND PRAIRIE

Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration- July 3rd & 4th

www.lonestarpark.com

Fourth of July at Epic Waters- July 4th
www.epicwatersgp.com

GRAPEVINE

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza- July 4th

www.grapevinetexasusa.com

IRVING 

Independence Day Parade- July 4th
www.cityofirving.org

Fireworks on Lake Carolyn- July 4th
www.cityofirving.org

LANCASTER / DESOTO

Old Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration- July 4th
www.ci.desoto.tx.us

LEWISVILLE

20th Annual Freedom Festival and Fireworks- July 4th

www.castlehillsvillageshops.com

Little Elm

July Jubilee- July 4th

www.lakefrontlittleelm.com

Mansfield

Rockin’ 4th of July- July 4th
www.mansfieldtexas.gov

Midlothian

Independence Day Fireworks- July 3rd
www.midlothian.tx.us

MCKINNEY

Red, White and BOOM! Parade and Yankee Doodle Block Party- July 4th
www.mckinneytexas.org

Red, White and BOOM! Fireworks at Craig Ranch- July 4th
www.mckinneytexas.org

PLANO

Plano Lions Independence Day Parade- July 4th

www.id4planolions.org

All American Fourth Fireworks at Oak Point Park- July 4th
www.plano.gov

RICHARDSON

Family 4th Celebration- July 4th

www.cor.net

ROCKWALL

Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Show- July 4th

www.playrockwall.com

Rowlett 

Fireworks on Main- July 4th

www.ci.rowlett.tx.us

SACHSE

Red, White and Blue Blast- July 3rd

www.cityofsachse.com

SOUTHLAKE

Southlake Stars & Stripes

www.visitsouthlaketexas.com

WAXAHACHIE

Crepe Myrtle Festival and Parade- July 3rd & 4th

www.waxahachiecvb.com

 

The 2018 Fireworks List for Dallas is compliments of SandyHibbardCreative.com.

 

 

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Last year’s fireworks from FDR Drive in NYC. (Scott Lynch / Gothamist)

 

Where To Watch The Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks 2018

 

Click image for Interactive Map of 2018 Fireworks

 

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will once again be on the preferred side of Manhattan Wednesday night, with seven barges anchored in the East River between 23rd and 40th Streets, all ready to launch some 3,000 shells and effects per minute for the duration of the 25 minute show. The entire program, which includes Kelly Clarkson belting out “God Bless America,” lasts around two hours—from 8 to 10 p.m., with the fireworks starting around 9:25 p.m.

This year, new effects to look out for include neon pinwheels and pulsing hearts, swirling water fountains, and brocade horse tails, to name a few. Fun fact: at its peak height of 1,000 feet, a light show effect reaches about 3 times higher than the Statue of Liberty.

If you weren’t invited to a private rooftop party with a view of the explosions in the sky, there are plenty of fancy-pants viewing options for the explosive extravaganza — on boats and riverfront restaurants — but those are pricey and probably sold out by now. For most of us, the only way to see the spectacle up close is by joining three million other people in a public place on either side of the river, in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. So here’s a look at some of the best spots for doing exactly that (and here are street closures and subway changes to keep in mind).

The FDR Drive
The elevated roadway will be closed between Brooklyn Bridge and East 63rd Street, but obviously the prime locations are around the 23rd, 34th and 42nd Street entrances. I settled in around 38th Street last year, and though you have to spend a long time doing nothing much (you’re not allowed to spread out blankets or bring chairs up here), the views are totally front-row and it’s not nearly as claustrophobic as you might expect once everyone finds their spot. The 18th Street entrance at Avenue C is also an official Macy’s viewing location, and it’s ADA-compliant. The NYPD opened the FDR “gates” around 5 p.m. last year; the show starts at 9:25.

Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunter’s Point South Park
The other front row is in Long Island City, and this year that includes the just-opened second phase of Hunter’s Point Park which, though bereft of lawns, features a lovely promenade and multiple elevations. Be warned that a big chunk of the waterfront is taken over by WNBC and Macy’s, but last year Gantry Plaza was wide open, with the well-tended grassy “bowl” just south of Pepsi sign a solid choice for a day-into-night picnic.

Pulaski Bridge
Though you’re a little too far away to really feel the explosions in your chest from here, the viewing elevation is perfect near the center of the Pulaski Bridge, the span linking Greenpoint to Long Island City over Newtown Creek. Both the pedestrian walkway and the bikes lanes will likely be full, but nothing compared to the FDR.

Greenpoint
Transmitter Park, located right on the river at the end of Greenpoint Avenue, was open last year(though not the pier extending out over the water), as were the dead ends on India and Java Streets. This also feels like an easy place to escape from after the show’s over, especially if you live anywhere along the G.

Williamsburg The new Domino Park and the East River State Park are typically packed on a normal weekend, so that may also be the case on the 4th, but they’re also located far enough south of the main show to discourage true firework fanatics, so worth a shot if you’re in Williamsburg.

Want to stake out your own spot? Macy’s has an interactive map, showing where the barges will be, with some viewing areas on either side of the river.

And lastly, there’s the Lower East Side, where you’ll find the best neighborhood party every year all along the East River Park adjacent to Alphabet City. This is where locals come early to snag the prime picnic spots and host elaborate all-day barbecues and buffets. Sure, you’re about a mile from the action, and sight lines are kind of crappy, but if you want to get a feel for the Fourth, NYC-style, take a stroll or set up camp around here in the early evening.

 

Article on NYC Fireworks originally published on The Gothamist.