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Macy's July 4th Fireworks Subway, Parking and Driving Tips

How to Get Around New York on July 4


Your best bet for getting to your New York City destination on July 4th is to take the subway. Above ground, transportation is going to get a little messy. Here's what you need to know to get to the Macy's July 4th fireworks by bus or by car.

July 4th New York City Transit Subway and Bus Advisory

On Monday, July 4, 2011, subways and buses will run on a Saturday schedule. Expect heavy traffic and significant bus delays from 5-10:30 PM due to the Macy's July 4th Fireworks display.

There will be a number of subway and bus service changes in effect for the holiday weekend.

July 4th NYC Street Closures and Traffic Information

If you’re driving to see the fireworks, keep in mind that the West Side Highway will be closed from approximately 23rd to 57th Streets in both directions from about 4:30 pm until about 1 am on July 5.

The New York City Police Department may close the West Side Highway as far north as 125th Street or 158th Street, depending on traffic.

All cross-streets in the Macy's July 4th Fireworks public viewing area (20th to 59th Streets) will be closed to vehicles west of 11th Avenue.

All streets should re-open between 2 and 3 AM, depending on how long clean-up takes.

Get the latest info on July 4th New York City traffic.

July 4th NYC Parking Tips

Since July 4th is a public holiday, parking on the street is free if you can find a spot.

If you want to park your car in a garage, there are dozens of garages and private lots in the prime fireworks viewing area (from 42nd to 23rd Street between 8th Avenue and the West Side Highway).

"Many of these garages will charge a special ‘event rate’ for July 4th," says NYC parking expert Margot Tohn.

Tohn suggests going east of 8th Avenue and trying some of the smaller chains or independent garages in midtown east or on the Upper East Sidethat are more likely to charge their normal weekend rate. You can then take a subway to the heart of the fireworks viewing action.

Get more NYC parking tips and parking garage information.

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