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More than 40,000 pyrotechnic shells and effects will light up New York City's skyline during the annual July 4th fireworks display.

For the first time since 2008, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks will be held on the East River. Fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge and on barges in the river.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, the display will be in sync with the national anthem and a flag of fireworks will light up the sky.

 

While the fireworks can be seen in the sky above the East River from anywhere with an unobstructed view, there are public viewing sections.

Here's where you can get a front-row view of the action in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The show starts at 9 p.m., but officials recommend setting up around 5.

See the fireworks in Manhattan


Viewing from FDR Drive will be accessible from several points.Officials said Piers 15, 16 and 17 in the South Street Seaport are not public viewing areas.

-- FDR Drive, between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street: You can enter at Montgomery and South streets in the Lower East Side

-- Next to the Brooklyn Bridge: You can watch the fireworks in the center of the action from both north and south of the Brooklyn Bridge. Enter from St. James Place and Pearl Street and Wagner Place.

-- FDR Drive,between the south side of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Heliport: Enter on Broad Street or Old Slip at Water Street.

-- Accessible viewing area, Murray Bergtraum High School: The school's track and field facility is open for accessible viewing at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Entrance is located at Market and Cherry streets.

See the fireworks in Brooklyn


-- Brooklyn Bridge Park: Piers 1 through 6 are open for public viewing of the fireworks. You can enter on Old Fulton and Furman streets, Joralemon and Furman street or Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street.

-- Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: You can enter on Columbia Heights and Pineapple Street, Montague and Pierrepont streets or Pierrepont and Remsen streets.

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