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2011 Firecracker Fact Sheet

This year, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks will again light up the Hudson at approximately 9:20 p.m. Here are the best places to catch the show.

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ON FOOT

West Side Highway
Choose from one of the many entrances below 59th Street along Eleventh Avenue, and be sure to get there early to snag a good spot.

Pier 54 and Pier 84
West St. and 13th St./West St. and 44th St.
Macy's recommends these two piers for the clearest view of the show.

Pier BBQ at Pier 81 and Pier 83
It might not be quite as close as 54 and 84, but here you can watch the show and party directly under the fireworks at an oh-so-American outdoor BBQ from 8 to 11 p.m. with burgers, hot dogs, beer, carnival games, and live D.J.'s (DJ Rafael at 81, DJ Jason Fioto at 83).
Price: $85. Snag a ticket here.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Pier 86, Twelfth Ave at 46th St; 877-957-7447
When: 7 p.m.
What: Show your stripes and celebrate your country on its legendary aircraft carrier. Tour the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and then head up to the VIP deck to watch the fireworks with a live simulcast of the musical score and DJ entertainment. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks will be sold at a cash bar.
Price: $100. Purchase tickets here

NEW JERSEY

Hoboken
The fireworks are launched just north of Hoboken, so Maxwell Place Park on the northern waterfront from 11th St. to 14th St. provides a spectacular view. It's also a great spot to hang out with a small beach, playground and picnic tables, but be prepared for strict security checkpoints. Take the PATH to Hoboken, walk north along the waterfront to 11th St.

Weehawken
Get a birds-eye view of the show from the top of the cliff at Hamilton Park or watch from almost directly across on the water at Waterfront Park. Take NJ Transit Bus 165 to Weehawken Blvd. East, walk five minutes along the river.

Jersey City
Take the elevator off the 9th Street-Congress Street Light Rail Station in Hoboken for an up-top view from Jersey City Heights. Take the PATH or NY Waterway Ferry (Pier 79: 39th St. & Hudson River) to the Newport or Hoboken PATH stations, connect to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line.

ON A BOAT

World Yacht Dinner Cruise
Pier 81, W. 41st St.
When: 6 p.m.–11 p.m.
What: Enjoy the fireworks on the Duchess ship and an intimate five-course dinner with an open bar and live D.J.
Price: $350. For tickets, call 212-630-8100.

Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Skyport Marina, 23rd St and FDR Dr.; 646-397-7660
When: 6:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
What: Get your rocks off aboard the Half Moon on a four hour open bar cruise with DJ Buffalo Bill spinning indie, electro and rock 'n roll beats.
Price: $125 in advance; $150 day of. Cop tickets here.

Frying Pan
Pier 66, at 26th St. and the West Side Hwy.; 212-362-4453
When: TBA
What: The best of both worlds—a perfect view directly under the show, with a bar, on a boat you can get on and off of. The three boats of Pier 66 are split into three tiers of tickets, with varying views and food and drink options.
Price: $100–$225 Buy tickets here.

IndepenDANCE Cruise
Skyport Marina, 23rd St and FDR Dr.; 646-397-7660
When: 6:15 p.m.–11 p.m.
What: Let loose on this 21+ booze cruise that suggests "trendy attire" for the four-hour tour, which includes a top-shelf open bar, complimentary appetizers like pigs-in-a-blanket and egg rolls, a tour of the city skyline, and a live D.J. spinning the eighties, nineties, and current pop.
Price: $130, purchase tickets here.


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