(2009 fireworks info here.)
(2011 fireworks info here.)
You couldn't find a better Brooklyn location to watch New York City's Fourth of July fireworks than the new pop-up park at Pier 1 -- and if you're a veteran who received an invitation from the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs, you'll be there. Veterans and their families will have front row seats for the big blast -- and who deserves it more?
If you're not a veteran, check out these locations :
- The Brooklyn Heights Promenade: Good if you like huddled masses. The Department of Transportation expects that the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will be close to capacity: 70- 80,000 people!
- Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Dumbo -- crowded, but there's a lot more open space here than there is on the Promenade.
- Good viewing, according to the Brooklyn Eagle: Furman Street below the Promenade. This may be your best shot in the Brooklyn Heights area.
- Anywhere in Greenpoint with a water view. (Try along the waterfront near Kent Street.) Greenpointers got this invite: "Come to the Greenpoint Gallery where we'll be watching the fireworks from the roof with midtown Manhattan looming behind. It's a BYO situation, including things to grill, and there will be live music following the show. Door opens at 7."
- The Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier in Red Hook (at Coffee Street). A bit far but you should be able to see the South Street Seaport batch okay.
- East River State Park in Williamsburg. Normally the park closes at dusk, but will stay open on July 4. Get there early: gates close at 8:30 p.m. sharp.
The Brooklyn Bridge is closed to pedestrians during the fireworks. Other street closings in Brooklyn:
- Montague Street between Court Street and the entrance to the Promenade.
- Hicks Street between Atlantic Avenue and Old Fulton Street.
- Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue.
- Old Fulton between Prospect Street and Furman Street.
- Columbia Heights between Montague Street and Old Fulton Street.
UPDATE: Brooklyn July 4 Fireworks Crowds: Biggest Ever?
- Brooklyn's Pop-Up Park Gets Busier
- Quality Time at Brooklyn's Pop-Up Park
Photo by MK Metz