Macy's 4th of July Fireworks 2015 location, time: East River NYC - where to watch, best viewing spots, entry points (map)

Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks be taking place this weekend in New York City. Thousands are expected to line the streets to watch the spectacular fireworks display along the East River.

This year's 25-minute musical score for the fireworks celebration will feature both classic and patriotic favorites, including new songs that were written for the anticipated show.

This year, the fireworks will be taking place from two locations. A double barge will be just south of Brooklyn Bridge, while four additional barges will be placed between East 23rd and East 42nd Streets. The additional barges will allow good viewing Brooklyn, Long Island City and Midtown East.

Highlights of the show will include performances by Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Brad Paisley, Ed Sheeran, and Meghan Trainor.

The show will be hosted by Willie Geist and Tamron Hall.

The iconic 4th of July fireworks display will be set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges in the water below. The best viewing spots will be from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and along the east side of Lower Manhattan.

Public viewing sections for those who will be viewing from Manhattan will be the elevated portions of FDR drive.

The show is free for spectators, but visitors are advised to arrive by 5 p.m. ET to get a good spot.

The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

Entry points are as follows:

From Houston To Midtown:

  • Houston Street
  • 23rd Street
  • 34th Street
  • 42nd Street

From Lower Manhattan:

  • Broad Street ground level
  • Old Slip upper level
  • Pearl & Frankfort

ADA / Special Needs Viewing Area:

  • Manhattan: FDR Drive southbound lane at 16th Street & Avenue C or 34th Street (top of ramp) and Vietnam Memorial Park
  • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park at Furman Street and Old Fulton Street, near Pier #1
  • Queens: Center Blvd from 48th Avenue to 49th Avenue

Organizers are warning that some of these locations can be closed as crowds build up throughout the day.