By Elisa Sanchez, EnStarz | Jul 03, 2012 02:50 PM EDT
The 4th of July Fireworks show will start Wednesday at around 9 p.m. in New York City's Hudson River.
More than 40,000 fireworks launched from four barges will be displayed along the Hudson River synchronized to a 25-minute soundtrack with songs by Madonna, Ray Charles, Lee Greenwood, Neil Diamond, Taylor Swift and Whitney Houston, among others.
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The fireworks may be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River and will be broadcast on NBC for those unable to view them in person. Macy's four barges will be located from 18th Street through 43rd Street on the Hudson.
For the best views, head to 12th Avenue below W. 59th Street at the following access points along 11th Avenue:
W. 24th Street
W. 26th through 30th Streets
W. 34th Street
W. 40th through 44th Streets
W. 47th through 52nd Streets
W. 54th through 57th Streets
According to the NYC Government, the following are NOT viewing areas for the 2012 show:
Battery Park City
All Hudson River Piers (except limited access to Piers 54 and 84)
Hudson River Park promenade between W. Houston and 59th Street
Hudson River Park Bike Path between W. Houston and 59th Street
The 2012 Fireworks show is called "Ignite the Night," and will feature performances by Katy Perry and Kenney Chesney on TV.
Local authorities recommended public transportation since there will not be parking available in the area.
This is the 36th annual fireworks show in New York City.
The fireworks moved to the Hudson River in 2009 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of Manhattan.
Many New Yorkers have asked Macy's to move the show back to the East River so that residents in Brooklyn and Queens can view them easier.
But Macy's has said the location depends on the size of the show and that larger pyrotechnics have to be on the Hudson, New York's CBS reported.
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