Generally, most Fourth of July plans in the Hudson waterfront area include barbecue with friends and family and then a stop at Boulevard East to watch the annual Macy's fireworks display. This year, with the parade of Naval tall ships organized by OpSail, the boulevard will probably attract large crowds all day long. In fact, the town of West New York has been preparing for the event for the past six months. In West New York, an interagency task force has been meeting monthly to discuss safety measures needed for the holiday. The task force includes members of the police department, EMS, fire department, health officials and other agencies. "Every conceivable option we have tried to deal with," said West New York Town Administrator Richard Turner. The number of viewers expected to crowd onto Boulevard East's waterfront has been approximated at two to four million people. For this large a crowd, the police department plans to have most of their staff on duty and performing crowd control duties, meaning both pedestrians and vehicles. "We have 123 police officers, of which 105 will be on the streets that day," said West New York Commissioner Sal Vega. Turner added, "Every effort is being made to keep it safe and enjoyable." While activities will be going on all week, from July 3 until July 7, Turner expects July 4 to be the most hectic. Turner warns visitors to expect streets such as Boulevard East and River Road to be closed as early as 7 a.m. that day. "We have identified the areas where we need the most concern," explained Commissioner Sal Vega. "Even without OpSail. With the fireworks taking place on both sides of the river, we are expecting larger crowds." Vega said that police will continue to monitor the flow of traffic throughout the day to determine when and which streets need to be closed. "Any street can get closed off throughout the day," said Turner. "We have to make it possible for emergency vehicles to get through." While parking will only be restricted on the west side of Boulevard East, Turner pointed out that if you are parked there; you will not be able to move your car if the street does get blocked off. Vega suggested that residents leave their personal vehicles home and walk to the waterfront. The West New York Police Department has prepared a mailing including anticipated street closings and some safety tips for residents to remember for the holiday. The mailing lists Hillside Road and Port Imperial Boulevard as those that might be closed along with Boulevard East and River Road. Some safety tips include not having too many people on a balcony or a rooftop to watch the fireworks or the possession of fireworks in a large crowded area. "Safety has to come first," said Turner. "Even though it may cause some inconvenience." West New York has been working with all of the communities along the waterfront to keep the entire area safe. "The communication between the municipalities has been better than ever," said Vega.