Join us as we set off to see the 2010 Macy's July 4th fireworks on a hot and sweaty New York night. Sit back and enjoy the fireworks show without the messiness of the 96-degree heat or the crowds of angry strangers. It's difficult to capture the beauty of fireworks in two dimensions, but we got some great images.
First, a little background: The annual Macy's July 4th fireworks display is among the most spectacular pyrotechnic shows in the world. It's a free show with fantastic views from the west side of Manhattan (the fireworks show moved across town from the East River in 2009 and stayed on the west side in 2010). Long stretches of the West Side Highway and Twelfth Avenue, along with sections of many side streets, are closed to traffic and opened up to pedestrians with folding chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets for free viewing parties.
Since I started covering New York for About.com in 2005, I have braved the crowds to see the Macy's July 4th fireworks live four times. Each year, I choose a new vantage point (boat cruise, Roosevelt Island, the middle of the street, Hudson Terrace).
For the 2010 fireworks, I was invited to attend a rooftop party at Circle Line Pier 83, which is perfectly positioned on the Hudson River at 43rd Street.