Two Bridges Waterfront Esplanade is Closed to Pedestrians for July 4 Fireworks

Posted on: July 2nd, 2019 at 5:03 am by

On the East River Esplanade, July 2016

Apparently, a closeup view of the fireworks is now an elitist activity.

For the first time in recent memory, local residents will not be allowed to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks from the esplanade of the Two Bridges waterfront. The annual tradition of incendiaries is back by the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time since 2014. And now the entire ribbon of parkway, from Montgomery Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, will be sealed off by the NYPD. Only select sections of the FDR are open for spectating, but don’t even think about crossing South Street.

The initial reason, we’re told, was related to counter-terrorism; but perhaps not at all.

News of the closure follows a report in Gothamist that Piers 16 and 17, which offer the best view of the fireworks, will be closed to the public by order of the NYPD. Unless you possess the golden $492 ticket to a July 4 party at The Fulton by Jean-Georges; or nabbed a ticket to the VIP party on the roof of Pier 17.

On the East River Esplanade, July 2016

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