We stayed in New York for July 4 this year, and went to the roof to watch the annual Macy's Fireworks Spectacular. Our building is on 26th street in Chelsea and has a terrific view of the fireworks barges on the Hudson River about a mile away. The weather this year was perfect; no wind, 80 degrees and hardly a cloud in the sky.
A beautiful night for watching fireworks (click to enlarge)
The fireworks started around 9:30 and it was still pretty light out at the beginning. Because of the crowds no tripods were permitted so shooting handheld in the dark with a 5 pound camera is tricky. I took 400 photos, and only about 5 were worth keeping.
The fireworks start at dusk (click to enlarge)
Fireworks over the Hudson River (click to enlarge)
The Empire State Building is not used to being ignored and was not the star of tonight's show.
The lonely Empire State Building (click to enlarge)