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Monday, July 06, 2009

Big Bang

I had not been to a Fourth of July celebration in New York City for many, many years, generally opting for seeing them on TV. This year, however, I was with a friend who had never been to a live fireworks display at all, so it seemed criminal not to take a short stroll to the river and let her witness the Big Bang, New York City style. The display, sponsored by Macy's since 1958, was originally over the Hudson River. Since 1976, Macy's fireworks became a tradition over the East River. This year's display was back over the Hudson and better than ever. The display lasted 26 minutes, with 40,000 shells fired from six barges, located opposite 23rd to 50th Streets in Manhattan, where the West Side Highway was closed to pedestrians for the event. A Hudson River display also affords views from New Jersey, with the added eye candy of the Manhattan skyline as backdrop.
However, getting a viewing location was not as leisurely as one would hope. Police barricades restricted entry to just a handful of crosstown streets - frustrated crowds were directed to streets which in turn had also been closed. We paced up and down 10th Avenue to find entry to the West Side Highway, at last getting in at 24th Street. After a little jockeying for a good position for viewing/photography, we settled in for a spectacular display, on time as always. At the conclusion, traffic was snarled beyond belief - masochism by auto. I recommend seeing the NYC Independence Day fireworks in person, however the only way it makes sense to see any event of this size is by using a combination of subways and walking ... 

5 comments:

Michelle Johnson said...

Glad you were able to take your friend out to see a live fireworks show. I've always enjoyed watching them live. When I was a kid I went to a fair and rode rides until the display was to start. Very fond memories. Your picture is great. Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

I have seen some photos about fire works so far, your photo looks special with your great blog.

MaggieGem said...

Great shot! Glad you broke down and took your friend to see them live...

Babooshka said...

This is what I call a celebration.

Katie cat said...

These look beautiful with the black background of the blog! I saw them from one of the Chelsea piers, and left at one point to go inside a restaurant, and noticed the music playing in the background as it aired on live TV. I will probably watch it on TV next year!