2017-06-28 / Front Page

Queens Cops Help Keep Fireworks View ‘Extraordinary’

By Liz Goff
Queens police officials will dispatch dozens of uniformed and plainclothes officers to the Long Island City waterfront on July 4th, where crowds will gather to celebrate American independence as they view Macy’s 41st July 4th fireworks extravaganza.

Starting with the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Macy’s July 4th fireworks display has been a tradition for tourists and generations of Queens families.
Crowds gather along Vernon Boulevard, at Gantry Plaza, Roosevelt Island, at Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, on local rooftops and street corners, and at locations with an unobstructed view of the East River for a bird’s eye view of the annual fireworks spectacular.
Police are expecting the largest crowd to gather again this year at Hunter’s Point South Park where, for the third consecutive year, NBC will base its national coverage of the fireworks, including a star-studded musical tribute celebrating America’s 241st birthday.
The show is scheduled to begin at 9:20 p.m. with a display featuring 50,000 pyrotechnic shells fired from a series of barges along the East River.
Macy’s officials moved the July 4th fireworks display from the East River to the Hudson River in 2009, to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River. The relocation signaled an outcry by Queens residents who were unable to view the fireworks from their home borough. The show returned to the East River in 2015 with a limited view of the fireworks, and made its full comeback in 2016.
“The return of the July 4th fireworks to the East River is welcome news for western Queens, State Sen. Michael Gianaris said. The Astoria lawmaker also said he is thrilled that western Queens has again been chosen to take a prominent role in the national celebration.
“Police at the 108th and 114th Precincts make sure that viewers have a safe, extraordinary experience,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “They make sure that everyone has a great time and a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration.”

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