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Central Park Fireworks: Guide for New Year’s Eve in NYC

Fireworks in Central Park at Midnight of New Years Eve

Fireworks in Central Park are one of the finest traditions for spending a pleasant New Year’s Eve in New York City.

In this article in my NYC BLOG I will give you all the details about this fireworks display.

In fact, after briefly describing the history and tradition of the Central Park Fireworks, I will give you the Top Locations for the Best Views. I’ll also share with you practical tips on how to best ring in the new year in New York City.

So, let’s go together to find out all the details about the Central Park New Year’s eve fireworks in NYC.

A Brief History of the pyrotechnic show on New Year’s Eve

The tradition of Central Park fireworks on New Year’s Eve dates back several years. The event initially began as a small celebration. Right now it is one of the most event to spend a great New Year’s Eve in New York.

In fact, over the years, the fireworks show has become more complete. Right now, the organizers include synchronized music, special effects and advanced pyrotechnics.

Waiting the 00 pm while watching the fireworks in Central Park is one of the greatest things to do in NYC.

Wondering where to go to best see Central Park from above? Then read my blog where I compare the Top of the Rock vs the Empire State Building.

Beautiful Fireworks in a dark night

Top Locations for the Best Views of Central Park Fireworks

The Central Park fireworks are launched from the Bow Bridge.

This very famous landmark is located practically in the middle of the park.

For safety reasons, the area of the park near the place where the fireworks are launched is closed to the public.

Consequently, you should find a spot at the side of the park where you can see the pyrotectic show as best as possible.

In my opinion, the top location for the best view of the Central Park Fireworks is in the Upper East Side, at the intersection of 72nd Street and 5th Avenue.

In fact, on the 72nd Street there is an access to the park that provides an unobstructed view of the fireworks. Going by subway to the Upper East Side and then entering Central Park is very easy.

Craving pizza while waiting for midnight on December 31? Read my article on the best pizzas near Central Park.

Essential Tips for Attending the pyrotechnic show

I have 3 tips if you are planning to see this pyrotechnic show on New Year’s Eve:

1. Get there early. New York City during the holiday season is packed with tourists. If you arrive to Central Park at the last minute you will find thousands of people waiting for the fireworks show. If you want to secure a spot with a good view, you should arrive, in my opinion, at 10 p.m. at the latest.

2. Choose to dress something warm and comfortable to watch the show. New York in December is very cold. You will be standing for a long time without moving.

3. Check the city news and weather forecast regularly. This way you will always be up to date with the news. Also, follow my Instagram page @MyChristmasinNewYork where I share lots of info to help you prepare for your trip to New York.

New Year’s Eve Entertainment and Activities in Central Park

One of the things I love most about the Central Park fireworks display is that, in addition to the fireworks show, the NYRR Midnight Run is also triggered at exactly midnight.

This midnight run allows New York Road Runners to run through the streets of the world famous NYC park with live music and fireworks in the background.

If you enjoy running, also consider participating in this race! The good thing is that all runners can also carry a +1 and the race is exactly in the fireworks area.

So if you’re looking for something interesting and fun to do in New York on New Year’s Eve, the pyrotechnic show in the city’s most famous park is undoubtedly a great option!