2010 Macy*s Fireworks from Hoboken

7/5/2010 Update:

Not your typical boring fireworks photos and video

Any Joe Blow can take pictures and video of the Macy’s Fireworks. And as you can see from the Hoboken411 photo gallery below – that’s what half the onlookers did this year – filming their own personal version of the pyrotechnic spectacular on their cell phones, digital cameras and such. But frankly, pictures of the fireworks alone are utterly boring.

What I tried to do was capture the true essence of what it felt like to be there, on the streets, with the crowds. Enjoy this most unique version of visuals of the 2010 Macy’s Fireworks in Hoboken!

See original updates after the jump…

6/21/2010 Update:

Fireworks expected to be under control in Hoboken

Just like last year – The Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular is not expected to bring out the drunken animals like the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade does year after year.

But rather, families, friends and patriotic Americans come to enjoy the spirit of what our country stands for – Mainly the freedoms we rightfully have, and the gorgeous pyrotechnics that illicit the “oohs and aahs” out of the hundreds of thousands of spectators that will be lining the Hudson River.

However, many Hoboken residents feel the “draconian” measures taken by Mayor Dawn Zimmer are, quite frankly, very UN-Patriotic! Checkpoints, “zero tolerance,” and all sorts of other policies of “control” put into place – when our own Mayor is often seen blitzed off her rocker!

Even Jersey City blogger Johnny – who runs Jersey City Desk – can see this as well. From a blog post he made earlier this month – he said:

“Everything our forefathers fought for, the liberty, the freedom, all of it is being tossed in the trashbin by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer July 4th. It seems Frau Zimmer has decided to become a powerful entity unto herself issuing all kinds of edicts, travel restrictions, rules (even on property you may well own) and check points around town for the expected influx of happy Macy’s fireworks viewers.

CHECKPOINTS?! CHECKPOINTS?! Good lord, so in essence the freedoms fought and died for by our brave Revolutionary forefathers will be suspended by Dawn Zimmer and the FuHo police ON the 4th of July. What a perfect dichotomy.

Also on the list of don’t set forth by Mayor “Hey I got this job by default” Zimmer:

  • No laughing, No running, No saying “ooooooooo and Ahhhhhh” as the shells burst, No singing, No fun of any kind, just sit there, watch and shut your pie holes.

Children of Sombertown, your days of fun are OVER.”

Wait a minute – there are better places than Hoboken?

Hoboken’s northern perimeter can only see the southern fringe of the Macy*s Fireworks.

Keep in mind that there is a BEVY of Real Estate to the north that is available to see the show. If you want a closer look at the fireworks, you might consider walking up to Lincoln Harbor – or checking out the relatively new waterfront park just to the north.

Restrictions for cars and boats…

If you’re headed out by boat to catch a glimpse of the show – note that safe zones are north of Pier 8 in Weehawken (62nd St. in Manhattan) and south of Maxwell Place in Hoboken (19th St. in NYC).

Street closures:

  • Sinatra Drive – Both Saturday AND Sunday
  • River St. (south of 4th St.)

No Parking:

  • Sinatra Drive – 1st to 15th Streets (from 8am SATURDAY July 3rd to 11:59pm July 4th)
  • 4th Street – River to Clinton (south side)
  • Willow Ave. – 11th to 4th (west side)
  • Hudson Place
  • Newark St. – Hudson to Sinatra
  • Clinton St. – between 7th and 8th
  • Hudson St. (west side)

Note: The taxi stand will be temporarily located on Observer Highway and Washington Street.

5/25/2010:

They’re back! Also see incredible photos and videos from last year.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Light up the Sky with Color and Sound

Hudson River gets nod over East River for 2nd year in a row!

“A chorus of thunderous sound, dazzling displays of color and jaw-dropping effects return to the sky over New York City for the 34th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. On Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 9pm, the nation’s largest display of patriotic firepower will unfold over the Hudson River. With more than 3 million spectators and millions of television viewers nationwide, this year’s revelry promises to cap off America’s birthday celebrations with a bang.

American Harmony, the theme of this year’s pyrotechnic spectacular will celebrate the nation’s unique musical voice with a rousing score featuring vocal harmony in styles uniquely American. From acapella and gospel to barbershop quartets and choral ensembles, Macy’s Fireworks this year will be choreographed to a high-flying range of vocal acrobatics. The score, which serves as the inspiration and musical blueprint for the explosive action, will feature The New York Pops orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, in addition to some of America’s top vocal groups.

Fireworks will launch from 24th to 50th Streets

Honoring America’s 234th birthday, Macy’s will fire more than 40,000 pyrotechnic shells during the 26-minute synchronized display.

Designed in collaboration with SOUSA Fireworks, the show will be set off from six barges positioned in midtown Manhattan on the Hudson River. The showstopping display will fire approximately 1,500 shells per minute reaching heights of more than 1,000 feet, giving millions of spectators magnificent views.

Spectators from coast-to-coast will have a front row view of the pyro in the sky by tuning to NBC’s national broadcast of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular beginning at 9:00 PM (check local listings). In addition to the pyrotechnic splendor, the popular entertainment broadcast will feature a star-studded line-up of performances by America’s most popular recording artists.

Viewing information and other spectator tips will be available as of June 2010 at www.macys.com/fireworks or by calling the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Hotline at (212) 494-4495.

Hopefully the Hoboken Police Department will manage the event perfectly like they did last year!

22 Responses

  1. Evelyn says:

    Last year the fireworks attendance in Hoboken was so orderly and well managed. And other than the bit of traffic all along the waterfront, was calmer than a typical friday night in town.

    Sure do hope it’s the same this year.

  2. xyzpdq says:

    This is great news. Last year was a blast! It went smoothly from where I was standing.

  3. Litteredboken says:

    Agreed it was fun and orderly. Does this mean those dang orange snow fences are going to be up again, and not taken down for months? July 5, I will get right on the town to have it taken down, if so, but god help the morons who tell me it’s to stop the geese from going on the lawn.

  4. homeworld says:

    Last year they said it was a one-time only thing, so I hope it’s here to stay.

    Take that Brooklyn!

  5. beerzgood says:

    I was going to walk to Weehawken last year to watch the fireworks. But, then I read on their site that their waterfront was just for their residents. It’s probably the same this year.

  6. bradykp says:

    what are the restrictions that people are annoyed about?

  7. emarche says:

    Not really sure what you mean when you say, “Hoboken’s northern perimeter can only see the southern fringe of the Macy*s Fireworks” – I sat on my balcony in the Sovereign last year and had a full view of one hell of a fireworks show. So unless they’ve moved the performance further up the river…North Hoboken is a great place to watch the fireworks.

  8. HOB424 says:

    It seems that once again they have too many parking restrictions. In the majority of these locations, parked cars should should not be much of a problem.

    • matt_72 says:

      I think they justified it last time around as needing the roads clear for emergency services. If you park on the street, move your car plenty ahead of time. Parking will be “interesting” that weekend.[quote comment=”193791″]It seems that once again they have too many parking restrictions. In the majority of these locations, parked cars should should not be much of a problem.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        real nice adults need to see fireworks..anyone in any war conflict saw lots of fireworks
        bunch of nonsense. ohh ahhh heee ..give it a break..bloomberg take it to the east side
        as before…a circus on the 4th fireworks this[quote comment=”193800″]I think they justified it last time around as needing the roads clear for emergency services. If you park on the street, move your car plenty ahead of time. Parking will be “interesting” that weekend.

        [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        we in the history of hoboken never had a problem prior…another st pattys day? adults
        need to see fireworks? give it a break… Send it back to the east river give to bloomy.[quote comment=”193810″]real nice adults need to see fireworks..anyone in any war conflict saw lots of fireworks
        bunch of nonsense. ohh ahhh heee ..give it a break..bloomberg take it to the east side
        as before…a circus on the 4th fireworks this

        [/quote]

      • homeworld says:

        Get off my lawn![quote comment=”193810″]real nice adults need to see fireworks..anyone in any war conflict saw lots of fireworks
        bunch of nonsense. ohh ahhh heee ..give it a break..bloomberg take it to the east side
        as before…a circus on the 4th fireworks this

        [/quote]

  9. matt_72 says:

    So basically it is the exact same plan as last year with the same street closures, same restrictions on going up on the roof, same checkpoints to insure only city residents are driving in/out of town after a certain time, etc……

  10. plywood says:

    Let’s enjoy these while we can! Plug could be pulled at any time and they could be back in the East River!

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      PLY WOOD DEPENDS ON HOW OLD YOU ARE,AND IF YOU HAVE PARKING IN YOUR LOVELY COMPLEX…iN YRS PAST NEVER A PROBLEM..QUEEN ZELDA IS NOT IN THE TOWN OF LICONIA NH POP 20K PLUG SHOULD HAVE BEEN PULLED TO LAY THE CHIT ON MAYOR BLOOMBERG…WE NEED THIS CHIT.FIREWORKS AKA ST PATTYS DAY. WE DONT NEED COPS..SEND THE TAXPAYERS ON PATROL.A JOKE..HALF HOUR OF CHIT
      AND MOST WILL BE STONED IN EVERY BAR..LAY OFF THE COPS.DONT NEED EM[quote comment=”193913″]Let’s enjoy these while we can! Plug could be pulled at any time and they could be back in the East River![/quote]

  11. MrDaniil says:

    Hey all, a question – I just moved into Hoboken and live on the 12th floor on Park Ave and Observer Hwy. From the map above, it seems that my view of the fireworks will be blocked by the W hotel and some two large yellow buildings. So here’s a question, how crowded will it be on the Sinatra Dr and Pier A Park? Is it wise to go view fireworks from there at all? And how much ahead of time should I arrive there? Any info is appreciated!

    • homeworld says:

      Get there before 7pm if you want a good spot.[quote comment=”194112″]Hey all, a question – I just moved into Hoboken and live on the 12th floor on Park Ave and Observer Hwy. From the map above, it seems that my view of the fireworks will be blocked by the W hotel and some two large yellow buildings. So here’s a question, how crowded will it be on the Sinatra Dr and Pier A Park? Is it wise to go view fireworks from there at all? And how much ahead of time should I arrive there? Any info is appreciated![/quote]

  12. YipYap says:

    Does anyone know if Weehawken will close Port Imperial Blvd? I know some people who want to drive down to the waterfront and park to watch the fireworks but they are worried the streets down there will be all closed.

    • TJD says:

      According to this from the Town of Weehawken, I’d say yes.

      http://www.weehawken-nj.us/pdfs/July_4th_2010.pdf

      For those that watched last year from the uptown Hoboken waterfront, how was the view and crowds? I’m debating either going there or up to Weehawken.[quote comment=”194139″]Does anyone know if Weehawken will close Port Imperial Blvd? I know some people who want to drive down to the waterfront and park to watch the fireworks but they are worried the streets down there will be all closed.[/quote]

  13. mooshu says:

    Perry, these are wonderful shots. LOVE the unique perspective :)!

    • NorthKrissy says:

      Agreed! Not your usual pictures. You can always count on 411 to come through like this. :) [quote comment=”194231″]Perry, these are wonderful shots. LOVE the unique perspective ![/quote]

  14. mooshu says:

    And the buttered roasted corn at the downtown festival yesterday was deeeeeelicious.

    In Mexico, you can get cobs of roasted corn with a side of something like a sour cream drizzle for cheap. Corncob carts in Mexico are equivalent to hotdog carts on our own streets.

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