2015-05-27 / Features

July 4 Fireworks Set To Blast Off On East River

BY JOHN TOSCANO

On Saturday, July 4, the 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will rumble to life over New York City, igniting the skyline over the East River with the nation’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Macy’s, which provides the exciting and electrifying display, said in a joint announcement this year’s exciting displays will take place from two locations on the East River in Midtown and within the South Street Seaport historic district.

Blast-off is set for about 9:20 pm with throngs awaiting in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

“Brave,” the theme of this year’s show, will fire more than 40,00 pyrotechnic shells during a 25-minute synchronized display. Designed in collaboration with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, the show will be fired from four barges positioned between 23rd and 37th Streets in Midtown and from one double-barge positioned below the Brooklyn Bridge.

“Last year, we brought Macy’s incredible fireworks back to the East River,” Mayor de Blasio stated, “and this year, with barges up and down the river, even more New Yorkers will be able to take part. This celebration will light up the sky for millions in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. There’s no question: this will be a dynamite 4th of July for New Yorkers across the city.”

Just as excited, Amy Kule, Executive Producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, said “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are the nation’s premier Independence Day celebration and we are thrilled to once again bring the City of New York a front row view to this one-of-a-kind nationwide spectacle. With two locations, firing 1,600 shells per minute, this year’s show will cover a large stretch of the city’s famed skyline with incredibly vibrant color and fantastic effects.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz also saluted Macy’s for its exciting holiday extravaganza, saying:

“Each year Macy’s presents an amazing 4th of July fireworks show that is an incredible visual spectacle as well as a stirring celebration of our nation’s independence. That’s why it’s great news that this year’s show will once again take place on the East River, where it will be viewable from Long Island City and therefore more easily accessible to the 2.3 million residents of the Borough of Queens.”

Congressman Joseph Crowley was thinking along the same lines, commenting, “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display is always a great treat for New Yorkers and I’m thrilled that Queens once again has a front row seat to the show. It is a hallmark of our Independence Day celebration and I’m proud to share this rich tradition with millions of Americans who gather each year to watch the rocket’s red glare over the East River.”

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer said, “Once again the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular will light up the East River skyline! I have advocated tirelessly for years alongside Mayor de Blasio to bring the fireworks back to the Borough of Queens. Today we are delivering on our promise and bringing borough residents an opportunity to enjoy one of our nation’s most spectacular events. Residents from Hunters Point in Long Island City and all of western Queens will rejoice welcoming thousands into their neighborhoods to celebrate.

“Staging the fireworks along the East River will give our local small businesses a boost and draw attention to all we have to offer here in Long Island City. I want to thank Mayor de Blasio and Macy’s for helping us to keep this promise and making this day a reality.”

Spectators are reminded they can tune into radio station 1010 WINS-AM to hear the musical score synchronized with the multi-colored pyrotechnics exploding in the sky. Also, NBCTV (Channel 4) will have a broadcast of the Fireworks beginning at 8 pm.

About Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are the nation’s largest 4th of July pyrotechnic display. Produced by Macy’s and designed in conjunction with PyroSpectaculars by Souza of Rialto, CA, Macy’s Fireworks are a digitally synchronized display of firepower that is choreographed to a rousing patriotic score. Annually fired from various locations across New York City, Macy’s Fireworks feature shells from all over the world. Seen by more than 3 million spectators and millions of viewers nationwide, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks have become the nation’s premier 4th of July celebration event.

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