2015-05-27 / Features

Macy’s Brings July 4th Kaboom Back To LIC Waterfront

By Liz Goff
Macy’s is bringing the Kaboom back to the Long Island City waterfront.

Mayor Bill de Blasio last week said officials at “the worlds largest department store” are bringing the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display back to the East River – to locations that guarantee Long Island City as the best place to take in the view.

Macy’s officials moved the fireworks display to the Hudson River in 2009, in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the river. The fireworks remained on the Hudson River until 2014, in part because the Hudson River is wider than the East River, and is clear of obstructions south of the George Washington Bridge, Macy’s officials said.

Macy’s officials fired off the 2014 fireworks extravaganza in a low part of the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge, rather than from barges positioned adjacent to the Long Island City waterfront. To the disappointment of Queens residents, the display was not clearly viewable along the Long Island City waterfront, despite the change in launch site.

City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer rallied for the return of the fireworks to Long Island City. The Queens lawmaker said the location of the 2014 staging area means that Queens residents “won’t have to twist their necks and squint their eyes toward Brooklyn” to view the fireworks extravaganza.

Restaurants and businesses along Vernon Boulevard are applauding the return of the fireworks display. “The Macy’s fireworks weren’t the only thing to explode along the Long Island City waterfront in years past,” said the owner of a local bodega. “The whole neighborhood exploded with an excitement that disappeared when the display was moved. We are looking forward to a return of the energy, the crowds

and the business, that is generated by the fireworks.”

Police are urging the public to plan early to venture to the Long Island City waterfront on July 4th.

NYPD officials said local precincts, the NYPD Quens Borough Command and the NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force will be announcing a series of rules and requirements that the public will be required to follow in order to enter piers and observation points along the waterfront.. “For one thing, it’s safe to say that the public will have to leave backpacks, bags, bulky clothing and alcoholic beverages behind, if they want to enter the viewing points,” police sources said.

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