As no one except me has seen the fireworks close up recently can I chuck in my experience??
The last year on the Hudson I took the boat out. It was a complete and utter waste of time.
The Exclusion zone was 1 nm.
Then was the tourist/commercial boat zone. Also 1nms. These were all big boat one coudlnt see past.
Then was the pleasure boat zone. BUT the USCG wouldnt allow us near the back of the commercial zone, we had to stay back ,5nm. So we were 5 nms from the Fireworks.
They were so small at that range to be stupidly useless.
On the first year on the East River you walked (remember that word as all roads are closed, huge security areas etc etc etc) to the FDR Drive. There you get a great view. Or on the Brooklyn side.
There was no visibility for boats whatsoever. Tourist boats ever could only see it side on.
Now, 2020 the exact location has moved down river a few meters to be near the Brooklyn Bridge.
Also the best place to view this year will be the closed FDR Drive. Or on the Brooklyn side on the waterfront.
Governors Island will only see it side on, too... but that might be OK but it looks like a ticketed event.
To get any sort of real view leave the boat at home. Walk in from wherever. Go in by subway until it cant get closer and walk.
I went into town a few hours early and found a bar near the entry and got drunk for a few hours before it was time to go through security.
The timeing of that was *exact*. If you are in too early you will be shoved along the FDR Drive to the end. Too late and you wont get in at all. Its difficult to be perfect... but I was, of course
Is it worth it? Yes, YES, Yes! Its 100 times worth it to get properly close to watch these fireworks. Theres only one NY 4th of July Fireworks in the world and to see then blasting up all around you is a memory implanted for life. But the fireworks themselves are nothing all that special. Whats special is the Vivbe of the 4th of July in da big apple. So if its likely be a once in a lifetime event then you need to see them from close up where you are rubbing shoulders with a million Americans on their national day. I travel the world visiting countries National Days. Without doubt they are fantastic!
Here is the 2019 Fate National / Bastille Day. I was in France so whcih 4 hour train trip did I do?
Tourism is going to see. "Going".