The Common-Sense Guide to the July 4 Fireworks

by - July 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm -

fireworks3Macy’s has an official guide to watching the fireworks over the Hudson this year, but that entails standing on the West Side Highway for 5 hours on one of the hottest days of the year (plus an air quality alert!), surrounded by thousands of other people. To get a good view, you’ll probably have to get to the highway at 4 p.m., meaning you’ll be waiting there until about 9:20 for the fireworks to start. If that’s your idea of a good time, then go for it. Otherwise, consider these three ideas:

1. Riverside Park above 59th Street: Last year, the view was pretty good from the park North of  59th Street, as long as your view wasn’t obstructed. I took the picture above from the baseball field in the park at about 71st Street, though to be fair the view is probably more like the picture I took at the bottom of this post. In fact, we’ve heard people could see the fireworks from as far North as 170th Street. As long as your view to the South along the Hudson isn’t obstructed, you should be able to see the fireworks. And the atmosphere is nice and relaxed. People brought their dogs and kids and ate picnics last year.

2. Dewitt Clinton Park: This park between 11th and 12th Avenues and 52nd to 54th Street has grassy areas and playground equipment, but it could get crowded early, Mommy Poppins says. Bring a sheet or blanket to lay out.

3. Someone’s roof or Hudson-facing apartment building: If you’ve got friends who live in midtown or Riverside South near the river, now’s the time to give them a call and mention casually that you miss them.

Send us your pictures of the fireworks and we’ll post them. Happy Fourth!

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