Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sign Up For Up To 4 Free Tickets To Watch Macy's July 4 Fireworks From Roosevelt Island's Southpoint and FDR Four Freedoms Park - Space Is Limited To 3,000

As reported last week, the southern tip of Roosevelt Island at Southpoint and FDR Four Freedoms Park will be open to the public for viewing the Macy's July 4 Fireworks celebration for the first time since 2008.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
Please join us on Saturday, July 4th for two exciting events celebrating Independence Day on Roosevelt Island. The excitement begins at 5 PM!

Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park will be venues for a viewing of the iconic Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show. All attendees must register online to receive a free ticket to the fireworks viewing at these locations. Tickets are limited and WILL NOT BE available at the gate. For more information and to get tickets to this event, please visit rioc.ny.gov.

Adding to the excitement will be a screening of Independence Day (1996) at Firefighters Field. There will be music, games, food and more! It will all begin at 6 PM.

Both events are FREE! Food and beverages will be available on-site for purchase at all locations. We encourage attendees to bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join in on the fun with friends and family.

Bags will be checked upon entering either event. For more information and to see a list of prohibited items, please visit rioc.ny.gov or www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org/celebrate-4th-of-july-2015

*Please note that the outdoor movie event is weather sensitive; an advisory will be issued in case of cancellation.

This event is presented by The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and 20th Century Fox.
Here's more information from RIOC, including link to register for tickets, to the July 4 fireworks viewing at Southpoint and FDR Four Freedoms Park.

The FDR Four Freedoms Park adds:
5PM—10:30PM EDT

NOTE: Park will be closed from 12-5pm for the installation of restrooms and additional lighting to ensure the safety and comfort of all visitors at the family fireworks viewing.


New York's iconic fireworks display returns to the East River this year. Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges in the East River. The light show begins at 9pm. More details about the show are available at macys.com.

In celebration of the fourth, we invite you to join our family-friendly viewing at SouthPoint Park and Four Freedoms Park from 5pm-10:30pm. Details, including registration information, is provided below.


All attendees must register online to receive a free ticket to the fireworks viewing at SouthPoint Park and Four Freedoms Park. No tickets will be available at the door. Attendees may register for up to 4 tickets. Children ages 4 and under do not need tickets.

Register Here. Space is extremely limited.
Be aware that entrance to Southpoint and FDR Four Freedoms Park for the July 4 fireworks is first-come, first-served with wristbands. The capacity for the event at Southpoint Park is 1,500 &1,500 at Four Freedoms Park, a total of 3000 attendees at both locations.

More info here.

UPDATE 7/2 3PM - Tickets are no longer available. According to RIOC
Please be advised that tickets to the 4th of July Family Fireworks Celebration at Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park are no longer available.
UPDATE 6/27/16 - Roosevelt Island 2016 Fireworks viewing information here.


Islanderx2 said...

I would hope RIOC posts signs and security personnel at the tram and subway station to let "Island Tourists" know that they are not going to be allowed admittance to Southpoint. It would almost be fun to watch them try and turn away our Queens and Manhattan neighbors.

YetAnotherRIer said...

I wonder if they will only issue 3,000 tickets or is it all about lining up early enough on Saturday because only 3,000 people will be admitted, no matter if you got a wristband or not.

RooseveltIslander said...

RIOC emphasizes that only those with wristbands will be admitted. No wristband, no admittance.

YetAnotherRIer said...

Oh yeah. Sorry. I was asking if the RIOC will hand out more than 3,000 wristbands or is it guaranteed that if I have a wristband I will get in no matter what time I show up?

RooseveltIslander said...

My understanding is that if you have a wristband you will get into Southpoint or FDR Four Freedoms Park. However, remember that each park has a capacity limit of 1500 people.

CheshireKitty said...

Wristbands will be handed out at Sportspark to those who provide their ticket (electronically or printed out on paper) - that is, those who have registered online

It is first-come first-served with respect to the ticket-holders finding a good viewing spot at the park - the good viewing spots will probably be immediately snapped up,

As there is no prohibition listed to bringing in lawn/beach chairs I am assuming they will be allowed (as they're allowed at RIOC outdoor film showings).

YetAnotherRIer said...

Okay, so there seems to be an agreement that there will be no more than 3,000 tickets which equals to 3,000 wristbands. As long as I show up at whatever time at Sports Park to receive my wristband and walk down to the park I will be guaranteed entry I just have to make do with whatever viewing spot I can get.

The only reason I am asking is because I have kids and showing up at 5pm will be a bit too much for them in terms of waiting. I want to get there a lot closer to 9pm.

CheshireKitty said...

I just called RIOC: You can arrive up until 8:30 pm to have your ticket scanned. After 8:30 pm, tickets will no longer be scanned (since the fireworks are at about 9 or 9:15, I think, or whenever nightfall is - also, scanning the tickets at 8:30 would leave an attendee with about enough time to walk from Sportspark to the venue).

Also, lawn/beach chairs are allowed except not the reclining ones since they would take up too much space.

YetAnotherRIer said...

Quick recap: it was awesome. I was afraid that it would be mobbed but it was far from it. It seems that pretty much everybody squeezed into the FFP and hardly anybody stayed in SP even though the view was excellent no matter where you were.