Where to watch the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks 2022

The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks 2022 in New York City will be back on the East River.

The fireworks will be launched from five barges spaced along the river and the 46th display will be visible in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

More than 48,000 shells and effects are expected to be launched between E. 23rd and E. 42nd Streets.  This year's show will launch about 1,900 shells a minute.

Among the new shaped effects that are promised, are a tall hat, mushroom, little snake shells, as well as tricolor interlocking rings and blinking smiling faces. New this year will be a whistling jellyfish.

The show is planned to last about 25 minutes and will feature jazz, r&b, hip hop, rock, and country music.  Featured performers include Kenny Lattimore, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Joaquina Kalukango.

The Macy's fireworks show has been a tradition since 1976.

"Macy's Fireworks will once again spark joy and captivate millions as together the nation joins in celebration," Will Cross, executive producer of Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, said in a news release.

What time are the NYC 4th of July fireworks?

The fireworks show is expected to start at approximately 9:25 p.m.

Where is the best place to see the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks?

Any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River in NYC is going to be your best bet to see the show.  Public viewing locations managed by the NYPD will be set up along the Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan waterfronts. 

East 42nd St. and FDR Drive

East 34th St. and FDR Drive

Gantry Plaza State Park

East 23rd St. and FDR Drive

Transmitter Park

Bushwick Intel Park

Marsha P. Johnson State Park

Are fireworks legal in NYC?

In New York City, all consumer fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal to use, buy, sell, or transport.  The NYPD may even seize vehicles used to transport fireworks.  Residents are asked to call 911 to report illegal fireworks sales in progress, people storing large amounts of fireworks, or for fireworks that are an imminent threat to personal safety.

Complaints about illegal firework use in NYC can be reported on the city website.