Sure you can enjoy the 4th of July Macy’s Fireworks on tv. But if you want to look out the window and see some 40,000 odd shells wizzing around exploding in a shower of light and sound, then here’s a few options.
Last year, to honor the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s foray into the Hudson River, Macy’s moved the fireworks from the East River to six barges on the Hudson River off the west side in Manhattan, between 24th and 50th Streets.
This gives an entire new bunch of hotels in New York and some across the Hudson in New Jersey prime viewing spots for the Macy’s fireworks, and some of them are making the most of it with ‘fireworks view rooms’ and 4th of July specials and deals.
1. The New Yorker Hotel - The New Yorker has two 4th of July specials – one where you can enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your own room, and another one where you’re invited to a viewing balcony and BBQ dinner on the hotel’s 38th floor. Details here.
2. Mandarin Oriental - In addition to the Hudson River View rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Mandarin Oriental is also offering a ‘July 4th Fantastic Fireworks on the Hudson’ package which includes free breakfast and a late 6 pm checkout the next day. Minimum 2-night stay, valid from July 2-5, 2010. Details here.
3. Crowne Plaza - Package includes overnight accomodations in Fireworks View rooms. Details here.
4. W Hoboken - Across the Hudson on the New Jersey side, the W Hoboken offers a view of the fireworks, and will give you 25% off if you stay 3 nights and arrive Wednesday through Sunday.
Note that they don’t guarantee a fireworks view room, so you should contact the hotel first to see if one is available. Also note that you can still enjoy the show from the riverwalk in front of the hotel, or from the hotel’s Chandelier Room Bar/Lounge. Details here.
Fireworks photo by unforth