I am fully aware that by sharing this information, I may be diluting its value, but I can't help spreading the joy.
I think I may have discovered the perfect way to navigate the Macy's July 4th fireworks WITHOUT waiting for hours in the sweltering heat to garner a plum position with a perfect view (aside, of course, from making fast friends with an apartment dweller whose apartment overlooks the festivities...).
Now let me say right off, that I believe that everybody SHOULD go the route I just described ONCE in their life because those views are incredible and incomparable. Once you've gotten that out of your system, you should do what we discovered last night.
Our out of town company is still with us and we went out to dinner in a restaurant just outside the "official optimal viewing area" for the fireworks. We finished our relaxing meal just in time to saunter over at a leisurely pace to the West Side Highway (which was plenty crowded there too - don't get me wrong) and see the fireworks begin. While the views were not AS good at in the designated area, we were plenty close enough to see the blooms in all their glory (putting last years glimpses all the way from the George Washington Bridge to shame).
I am definitely doing this again next year. Dinner out anyone? I can highly recommend the Fettuccine Francais........ (shhh....don't tell anyone. I haven't cooked dinner in three nights. I sure hope I remember HOW when I get home tonight. A girl can get used to this.......)