Queens 4th of July Fireworks
Great Views from Locations Along the East River in LIC
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 five years.
Weather. Highs will be in the mid 80's during the day and in the high 70's at night. There's a 40% chance of rain in the forecast in the morning, but only 5 - 10% chance of rain at night, so it should be a fair night.
The Grucci Brothers will be doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC. They have been doing fireworks for many years and the Macy's July 4th fireworks in Manhattan for decades.
The Astoria Park Fireworks on June 28th were also done by the Grucci Brothers, the same fireworks company doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks along the East River on July 4th, 2018 in NYC. The Astoria Park fireworks in Queens were shown on Thursday evening with an easy view from the Astoria Park location right alongside the East River. See story below about the Astoria Park Fireworks show of 2013 in Queens.
For those looking for fireworks on 4th of July 2018, you'll have ample opportunity to view the East River fireworks, as the pyrotechnic performance was expanded in 2016 to provide more viewing access along both side of the East River.
Click here for a report about the 4th of July Fireworks in Queens NYC & surrounding areas, including times and locations for the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC and Jones Beach on Long Island.
4th Of July Fireworks Queens 2018
Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks 2018 On East River
The 4th Of July Fireworks 2018 Continue at Jones Beach
Astoria Park 4th Of July Fireworks Were Held June 28th
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.
4th Of July Fireworks In Queens - July 4th, 2018
The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be lit upon the East River again this year. There will be FOUR barges this year. In 2016 there were FIVE barges and not sure what it was in 2017. The barges will be positioned in the East River between the equivalent of 23rd and 42nd streets on the Manhattan side and 48th Avenue in Long Island City and 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, the clear and high points of Sunnyside and likely Astoria as well.
Best Viewing Locations For 4th of July Fireworks Queens 2018
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 gather. The fireworks are expected to begin about 9.20 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 not just encumber you getting through the crowd.
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 upside there was plenty of room to relax.
The 4th Of July Fireworks 2018 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. The Governor and the New York State Parks announced that these cuts were restored in 2015 and the fireworks on Jones Beach on Long Island have continued ever since. 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.
Fireworks 2018 In Queens - Astoria Park Was The Place To Be - On Thursday, June 28th
Queens residents had a third fireworks option last week: the July 4th fireworks 2018 in Astoria Park on Thursday, June 28th. It wasn't a perfect night as the highs Thursday were around 80 and the lows in the high 60's, but there was rain in the late afternoon / early evening which put a damper on things.
The Central Astoria Development Coalition sponsors an annual fireworks display in Astoria Park, generally around the end of June. The Queens Symphony Orchestra started warming up the crowd 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]. While many Queens residents attend this event [it seems to have become increasingly popular over the past ten years], this year there was still ample room to throw a blanket, enjoy a snack or late picnic dinner and enjoy the show.
Click the links below to read stories about other July 4th fireworks shows in Queens.
July 4th Fireworks In Queens & LIC 2018
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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