Queens 4th of July Fireworks 2021 NYC
Great Views from Locations Along the East River in Astoria 6/29 & LIC 7/4
July 4th Weekend Weather. As of this post 6/26/21, the temperature highs will be in the high 70's during the day and in the mid 60's at night on both Saturday and Sunday. There's a 40% chance of about a tenth of an inch rain on Saturday, and no rain is presently expected on Sunday. The humidity will be fairly high between 65% - 75% throughout the weekend. Winds will be fairly muted at only 5 mph all weekend.
Macy's July 4th Fireworks along the East River Provide Good Viewing from Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens and are Remotely Viewable from Northern Staten Island & the Southern tip of the Bronx
The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be shown along the East River this year. They were shown along the East River in 2014 for the first time since 2008, and have remained on the East River ever since. Mayor de Blasio had lobbied the change, which now spans eight years. The Grucci Brothers will be doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC, which they've been doing for decades.
1. Astoria Park on Tuesday 6/29 on the East River - Queens July 4th Fireworks
The Astoria Park Fireworks will happen on Tuesday, June 29th. The festivities begin at 7.30 pm and the fireworks usually go off around dusk which is about 9.30 pm. The best viewing location is from the Great Lawn, but be advised that each year these fireworks become more popular.
This fireworks display is also put together by the Grucci Brothers, the same fireworks company doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks along the East River on July 4th, in NYC. The Astoria Park fireworks in Queens will be shown on Tuesday evening and provide a pastorial view from Astoria Park right alongside the East River.
The Central Astoria Development Coalition sponsors the annual fireworks display in Astoria Parkand the Queens Symphony Orchestra warms up the crowd beginning around 7.30 pm by playing classical music from the 19th & 20th centuries on a stage overlooking the East River in front of the great lawn of Astoria Park [between the pool and Hellgate Bridge].
Click to view a story about the Astoria Park Fireworks show of 2013 in Queens. The photo at right shows the July 4th / Independence Day fireworks in Astoria Queens in a prior year.
- Click here for the rest of our report about the 4th of July Fireworks in Queens NYC & nearby areas, including times and locations for the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in Manhattan NYC, the Coney Island fireworks in Brooklyn NYC, the Orchard Beach fireworks in the Bronx NYC, the Coop City fireworks in the Bronx NYC, the Jones Beach fireworks on Long Island and the Perth Amboy fireworks in New Jersey [across from the Confence House in Tottenville on Staten Island NYC].
4th Of July Fireworks Queens 2021 NYC
Astoria Park 4th Of July Fireworks to be Held Tuesday, June 29th in Queens
Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks 2021 On East River primarily for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens, but also viewable from Staten Island & the South Bronx
Coney Island Fireworks 2021 to Begin Shortly After Macy's on 7/4 in Brooklyn
Hastily Scheduled July 4th Fireworks at Orchard Beach in the Bronx occurred on Thursday 6/24
The 4th Of July Fireworks 2021 Continue at Jones Beach on Long Island & the Perth Amboy Fireworks in New Jersey across from Staten Island on Hiatus
2. Macy's July 4th Fireworks in Queens
In 2009 the Macy's 4th of July fireworks were moved to the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side. We were informed they'd moved it to the Hudson River to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the river. The Macys 4th of July fireworks display remained there until July 4th 2014 when the Macy's 4th of July fireworks returned to the East River.
Best Viewing Locations For 4th of July Fireworks Queens 2021
Time / Location Prep. Blocks along the East River within local neighborhoods on both sides of the river will be cordoned off by the police. This effort begins around 3 to 4 pm in the afternoon and tightens up as the crowds grow. The fireworks are expected to begin about 9.25 - 9.35 pm, but you'll need time to get into position. It's also recommended that you forego the lawn chairs and other extra baggage to the extent you can, especially the later you move into position, as this will encumber you getting through the crowd.
Macy's Fireworks 2021 Barge Locations. Looking at the red upside down obelisks, on the map below, from bottom left to top right you see: The location of the northern most fireworks barges in the East River. Gantry Park and the southern tip of Roosevelt Island provide good viewing locations, but access is limited prior to showtime, so I recommend you go no later than late afternoon / very early evening [5 pm'ish]. Queens Bridge Park is also located along the East River, just north of the Queensboro Bridge, but the view is a bit obstructed. The last two locations, Socrates Sculpture Park and Astoria Park are furthest away, and I tested them back in 2016 and found them pretty removed from the action - but the because they weren't great viewing locations there was plenty of room to relax.
4th Of July Fireworks In Queens 2021 - Barge Locations / Local Viewing Spots
Since 2014 the Macy's 4th of July fireworks have been lit upon the East River within viewing range of all five boroughs [although a quite a distance from the south Bronx]. There will be five barges this year. The number of barges varies from year to year - generally between four and five. The barges will be positioned in the East River between the equivalent of the Brooklyn Bridge / 23rd Street and 42nd Street on the Manhattan side, and 48th Avenue in Long Island City Queens and the Brooklyn Bridge / Green Street in Williamsburg / Greenpoint in Brooklyn.
The positioning of the barges and the number of them is designed to maximize the viewing options for an audience estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. The show will be more easily viewable from the shores of Long Island City, as well as the clear views / high points of Sunnyside and Astoria.
3. Coney Island July 4th Fireworks in Brooklyn NYC 2021
The Coney Island fireworks will begin shortly after the Macy's 4th of July fireworks end on the East River on July 4th, 2021. This is generally a bit before 10 pm. The Coney Island 4th of July fireworks will be held on the beach generally in the area of the Steeple which is at xyz. This is a free event.
4. Orchard Beach 4th of July Fireworks in the Bronx NYC 2021
Unfortunately, we missed notifying you about the Orchard Beach fireworks in the Bronx, as did just about every other media outlet as it seems to have been hastily arranged or poorly publicized. The event took place on Thursday, June 24th between the hours of 6 pm and 10 pm.
5. Conference House / Tottenville 4th of July Fireworks Staten Island - from Perth Amboy in the Raritan Bay
Unfortunately, the Perth Amboy fireworks display over the Raritan Bay have been put on hiatus again this year, due to the CoVid pandemic. So folks on the southern end of Staten Island, who normally can enjoy the show from the Conference House park in Tottenville, will have to wait another year.
6. The 4th Of July Fireworks 2021 Continue at Jones Beach, Long Island
This year there will be again be 4th of July fireworks at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island. This was one of the New York State budget cuts beginning in 2010, which affected the deployment of police officers to provide security at the event.
In 2015 the Governor and the New York State Parks announced that these cuts were restored and the fireworks on Jones Beach on Long Island have continued ever since - excepting the pandemic in 2020. Please note that there's a $10 parking fee and after 4 pm there's a $10 admission fee.
Public Transit From Queens To Jones Beach
The LIRR leaves from the Jamaica Station every half hour beginning at 5.05 pm and arrives in Freeport 21 minutes later at 5.26 pm [5.35 / 6.05 etc]. From there you take the N88 Long Island Bus. The off peak one way train fares are $5.25 at the ticket office and less via the web and more buying onboard. I believe a round trip package is available for $13.50 per person, so ask for it. Jones Beach is a nice quick getaway from the city and based on hearsay from last year, not as crowded.
Please note that the ticket prices mentioned above are from 2012 and may have changed, but provide you will a ballpark estimate. We'll update later on.
The NYC 4th of July fireworks are viewable from all five boroughs. Click these links to specifics related to each borough - 1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2021 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2021 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2021, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2021 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC , and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2021.
Click the links below to read stories about other July 4th fireworks shows in Queens.
July 4th Fireworks In Queens, Astoria, LIC & NYC 2021
Related 4th Of July Stories LIC & Astoria - Prior Years
Click here to read our report on the 4th Of July fireworks along the East River in LIC / Long Island City in 2008.
Click here to read our report of the July 4th fireworks in Astoria Park in 2009 including a fireworks slide show.
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