Fourth Of July Fireworks On East River Again

Macy’s tells us that this year’s Fourth of July Fireworks will be launched from the East River again. Prime viewing locations will be the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the high floors or roof decks of any buildings with river views.

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  • Andrew Porter

    Last year, I didn’t get to any riverside viewing points hours before the fireworks went off, and ended up standing on Cadman Plaza West and watching from there.

    If like me you’re still upset by Giuliani’s total crackdown on sales of fireworks, even sparklers, here’s how to make really impressive super sparklers using steel wool and a 9 volt battery or a match:

    All perfectly legal!

  • gc

    I’m all for free speech, and maybe steel wool sparklers would make sense out in the middle of nowhere, but providing instructions for making them on the BHB seems a bit questionable. Take a look at the video and see what you think.

  • Heights Observer

    Uh, hasn’t Giuliani been out of office for 15+ years? It seems a bit disingenuous to blame him for the continued crackdown.

    have lived in Brooklyn for my entire 63 years and I naturally had my
    share of fun with firecrackers when I was a kid, but I don’t think
    allowing them is really as good an idea as I did when I was ten. Just wait
    for this year’s crop of injury stories. Leave this to professionals.

  • Concerned

    Sparklers are some of the most dangerous of fireworks. Even more so because so many people think that they are safe. And let’s face it, who really cares about holding a sparkler except for kids, who should be the last demographic to be handling them.

  • Andrew Porter

    I like sparklers, and lots of people I know like sparklers, and we’re smart enough not to get burned when using them. Wish I could shop here:

  • Jorale-man

    I’m in Andrew’s camp on this one. Sparklers were fixture of my childhood July 4th’s (and that of all my friends) and no one ever got injured. You use a little common sense and not hold them from the burning side. There are a lot more dangerous things in this world.

  • Concerned

    Eh, no skin off my kids’ hands… I figure, if people are allowed to publicly smoke weed and urinate, why not allow fireworks???
    Nevertheless, they are very dangerous.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    The lit end of a sparkler in every child’s hand; a joint dangling from every child’s lips; a delightful stream of urine flowing publicly from the genitals of every boy and girl. These are OUR American dreams, Concerned, and don’t you dare disgrace our veterans and firefighters by denying us these constitutional rights! God Bless American Cheese

  • Concerned

    LOL! What a shining city upon a hill, you describe… Keep “telling it like it is”, SB! Your stream of logic could lead you to the White House!!!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Heh. I was joking of course but I’m with Andrew about sparklers. They’re innocuous as long as the seedlings of common sense are in place. Explosive fireworks, that’s another story.

  • Arch Stanton

    #0000 super fine steel wool will burn if lit with a match, add a little fine powdered aluminum and stand back!

  • Arch Stanton

    Sparklers “Very dangerous” LOL

  • MaryT

    So there will be barges in the harbor? I’ve only heard about fireworks up river (Berry Park?).

  • Concerned

    Sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees. You’re ignorant on the subject.
    And I never said “ban sparklers”. All I said was sparklers can be the most dangerous; mainly because people like you think they’re harmless.

  • Claude Scales

    Last year some of the barges were in an area between us and lower Manhattan, and some were further up the strait mis-named the East River.

  • Arch Stanton

    Yeah things that burn are hot if you touch it you’ll get burned. This is something everyone should know by age 5. Uh, did you take the big bus or the little bus to school.

  • Concerned

    Very ugly, Arch. Only a pathetic little man would attempt to insult someone that way while insulting developmentally disabled children. I guess you miss your nemesis, Jeff Smith. Instead of sinking to new lows, I suggest you get a hobby. This is a neighborly blog, not a trashy one. Thanks.

  • Arch Stanton

    Aw grow a pair ya wuss.

  • Fair Harbor

    Love fireworks! Check out our patriotic boardshorts made from recycled plastic bottles for your July 4th adventure! #seastheday @fairharborclothing