Details on Fourth of July Holiday Service Include Early Getaway Trains for LIRR and Metro-North

Whether you're heading out early for a long weekend away or planning to catch some local fireworks, the MTA has you covered.

The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will offer extra railroad service on Thursday, July 2, to allow customers to get a head start a long Fourth of July weekend. On Friday, July 3, subways, buses, Metro-North and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Saturday schedule, and the LIRR will operate on a regular Friday schedule. More details are below. 

Long Island Rail Road & Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Thursday, July 2, for customers planning an early getaway for the start of the Independence Day holiday. Between noon and 4 p.m., 18 extra trains will depart Grand Central Terminal, 10 extra trains will depart from Penn Station, and two extra New York State-bound trains will depart Hoboken Terminal. And the LIRR is offering plenty of extra train service to the East End over the extended Independence Day Weekend, including an extra Cannonball to Montauk on top of the Railroad’s already enhanced summer Montauk Branch schedule. Please note: Bicycles are banned on trains for Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3.

On Friday, July 3, the LIRR will operate on a normal Friday schedule, and Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule.

To see details on LIRR schedule, click here.

To see details on Metro-North schedule, click here.

New York City Subway

On Friday, July 3, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no 5 Subway train service south of E 180 Street; 1 Subway service is suspended between 14 St and South Ferry; 2 Subway3 Subway trains run local between 34 St-Penn Station and Chambers St. Customers are encouraged to use the Bowling Green 4 Subway and Fulton St 2 Subway3 Subway4 SubwayA SubwayC Subway stations, or buses between Chambers St and South Ferry. There will be increased subway service on the 4 Subway, 7 Subway, A Subway, C Subway, F Subway, and S Subway 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from five barges on the East River: four between 23rd and 37th Streets, and one south of the Brooklyn Bridge at Pier 19 (near John Street) from 9:20 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

New York City Buses

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 3. There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes. The following bus routes may be affected by delays and detours: M5; M8; M9; M14 A/D; M15 SBS; M20; M21; M22; M31; M34 SBS; M42; M50; M57; M103; M104; B6; B24; B25; B32; B61; B62; B63; B67; B69; B103; Q32; Q59; Q60; Q101; Q103.

Staten Island Railway

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Thursday, July 2 with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On the Fourth of July, SIR will operate on a Saturday schedule. Staten Island Railway is prepared to add additional service prior to and after the fireworks, as needed.

Real-Time Service Updates

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