Best view of the fireworks?

Fireworks small.jpgSo yesterday we we ran into an AOA reader who asked us a questions we weren't sure we could answer.

Bianca told us she's going to check out the fireworks at the Empire State Plaza on Sunday. She's never been before and she's looking for the best place to hang out and watch.

We've only ever watched from the steps of the NYS Museum -- and while it's been fun, it's kind of crowded and you need to score a seat pretty early.

Anyone have other ideas?

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My backyard! I'm lucky enough to live close to the Plaza with a pretty good view of the fireworks. Just need to get some goodies for the grill!

The harness track at Saratoga have put on a great show (on the 3rd) the last several years.

I know a lot of people set up lawn chairs in the Jay/Hudson park. It's less crowded and it's nice to sit in the grass. The only downside is that you're SO close to the fireworks that the Swan Street building obscures some of the lower ones.

Paula,

Are you inviting us all to your back yard? I'll brring the cole slaw!

I'm planning on finding a bench on Morton Ave.

Last year I watched in the Jay/Hudson park and it was beautiful and not too crowded!

Since I can remember I've gone to watch the fireworks in the field next to Bishop Maginn High School. It's not super crowded and the large open space gives you a perfect view of the fireworks.

From the Alive at Five rain site (under the highway). Last year the ice cream man show up. The Kids were happy.

The view from the park across the river in downtown Rensselaer is family friendly, with a playground, picnic benches and grill. Folks also watch from the Denny's/Cracker Barrel parking lot in East Greenbush, at Exit 9 off 90E.

Lincoln Park is surprisingly uncrowded... Washington Park by the lake isn't too bad either.

Thanks for the ideas everyone!

Mary: Thanks for posting the question!

Albany Law School track is a good place for those living in and around New Scotland.

I always watch from Hoffman Park/Whitehall Little League (now known as the new sports complex over near the end of 787s. It's always a nice view from there.

How's the view from Rensselaer?

can you see the plaza fireworks from the Corning City Preserve?
Is it crowed as well?

What radio station will simulcast the music for the Albany fireworks? I can see them from my house, but would love to hear the music at the same time.

I made a map of people's suggestions from this comment thread. Anyone is welcome to edit the map and add more places, but please mention whether it's crowded, if there's parking, etc.

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217979506202935636172.0004c402cc33c6dcadcb0&msa=0&ll=42.647281,-73.759031&spn=0.034533,0.084543

Can we watch them on tv if so what channel

Twc news airs the albany fireworks. Channel 9

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