Happy 4th of July: Fireworks Displays & Festive Recipes

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In 2022, I had the unforgettable experience of watching Macy's Fourth of July fireworks from a river cruise. Seeing the brilliant display from the water was incredibly exciting and truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. Last year, we opted for a different celebration, spending the Fourth of July in the Bahamas. The resort we stayed at hosted a spectacular fireworks show to celebrate the occasion.

This year, Macy’s Fourth of July celebration will be at the Hudson River for the first time in over a decade, promising another unforgettable experience. Here’s everything you need to know about where to watch the fireworks and some delicious recipes to make your Fourth of July party a hit.

Fireworks Displays

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks:
For the first time in over a decade, Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks will be launched from barges on the Hudson River. This 25-minute spectacle will start around 9:25 p.m. on Thursday and is expected to attract millions of spectators.

Best Viewing Spots:

  • Manhattan’s West Side: Anywhere along the West Side Highway between West 14th and West 34th Streets.
  • New Jersey Waterfront: Prime spots include Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City.

Other notable fireworks displays will be taking place in various locations:

  • Staten Island
  • Coney Island
  • Westchester County
  • Jones Beach on Long Island

Based on my experience, several items are not permitted in the viewing area, including backpacks, electronic cigarettes, lawn chairs, and picnic blankets. Make sure to plan accordingly to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. 

If you prefer to watch the Fourth of July celebration from the comfort of your home, you can tune in to NBC or Peacock. Both will broadcast a special two-hour fireworks show starting at 8 p.m. This allows you to enjoy the spectacular display without the hassle of crowds or travel.

Festive Fourth of July Recipes

No Independence Day celebration is complete without some delicious, patriotic-themed dishes. Here are a few recipes to make your gathering extra special:

1. Red, White, and Blueberry Salad


  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups diced watermelon
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon.
  2. Sprinkle feta cheese on top.
  3. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

2. Grilled BBQ Chicken Skewers


  • 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 red onion, cut into chunks
  • Skewers


  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Thread chicken, bell peppers, and onion onto skewers.
  3. Brush with BBQ sauce.
  4. Grill for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through.

3. Patriotic Berry Trifle


  • 1 angel food cake, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey


  1. In a large trifle dish, layer half of the angel food cake cubes.
  2. Top with a layer of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
  3. In a bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold in Greek yogurt and honey.
  4. Spread half of the cream mixture over the berries.
  5. Repeat layers, ending with the cream mixture on top.
  6. Garnish with additional berries.

Whether you’re watching the dazzling fireworks along the Hudson River or enjoying a more local display, New York City offers a magnificent backdrop for Independence Day celebrations. Pair the visual spectacle with these tasty recipes, and you’re sure to have a memorable Fourth of July filled with fun, food, and fireworks. Happy Independence Day!

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