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Fourth of July New York City 2009 – Viewing Macy's Fireworks, Last-Minute Plans

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The Macy’s Fireworks in New York City are arguably the official fireworks of the holiday, just as the ball dropping in Times Square officially heralds the new year. NBC will thus broadcast these fireworks live beginning at 9 p.m. so you don’t really have to leave your home. But it’s so much more fun to see them in a crowd.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage to New York, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in 2009 will take place over the Hudson River, instead of the East River, where it’s been since the Bicentennial in 1976. (The fireworks actually used to be over the Hudson River, beginning in 1958 when Macy’s first organized this extravaganza.)fireworksinnyc3
The best place to view the fireworks in New York (other than TV) will be Manhattan’s West Side between 23rd and 59th Streets and choice spots along the New Jersey waterfront. Twelfth Avenue will be closed below 57th Street and the West Side Highway will be closed from 59th to 22nd Streets.

Prime spots:
• Dewitt Clinton Park (access from 11th Avenue)
• Pier 54 (limited access from 14th Street)
• Pier 84 (limited access from 44th Street)
• Selected side streets between 11th and 12th Avenues
• The Hudson River Park Bike Path between West Houston and 59th Streets.
According to Macy’s, the following West Side spots will NOT be open for public viewing of the fireworks: Battery Park, Battery Park City, and most of the Hudson River Piers.

People in New Jersey are finally catching a break – the best place to see Macy’s 2009 fireworks will be along the Hoboken and Weehawken waterfronts; second-best from Jersey City and North Bergen.

If you have a boat, you can bring it into the Hudson River, according to rules set by the United States Coast Guard.

How about during the day of July 4th? If you’re not going to the beach or to a picnic, how about:

The Statue of Liberty
Maybe it’s madness to face the crowds on the Fourth of July, but for the first time since September 11th, the Statue of Liberty’s Crown will be open to visitors on the 4th of July, 2009.

Free concert
River-to-River festival concert in Battery Park, featuring Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band with Jenny Lewis. The free concert starts at 3:30 PM on Saturday, July 4th.

Walking Tour
Join Big Onion Walking Tours at 1 p.m. for a walking tour of sites related to the Revolutionary War in Lower Manhattan. Fraunces Tavern, the graves of Alexander Hamilton and General Richard Montgomery, and Federal Hall are among the sites featured on the tour.
Admission: Adults $15, Seniors & Students $12. Meet at the intersection of Broadway and Murray Street, at gated entrance to City Hall Park.

Free street fairs

8:00AM-4:00PM
Mulberry Street Pedestrian Mall
Mulberry Street between Canal Street and Broome Street, Hester Street between Mott Street and Mulberry Street

4:30-11:00PM
Peloteros Unidos SBL 109th Street Festival
East 109th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Pearl Street Park Association Festival
Water Street between Broad and Fulton Streets

St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral Sidewalk Sale
Prince Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets

McBurney YMCA Festival
6th Avenue from 14th to 23rd Street

Stone Street 4th of July Celebration
Stone Street between Hanover Square and Coenties Alley