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!