2018-06-13 / Front Page

Macy’s To Celebrate America’s 242nd Birthday With A Bang

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 with a view Macy’s 42nd annual 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 will gather along Vernon Boulevard, at Gantry Plaza State Park, Roosevelt Island, 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 said Hunter’s Point South Park will be closed for this year’s event, with Gantry Plaza State Park remaining open for people to participate in the star-studded musical tribute celebrating America’s 242nd birthday.

The show is scheduled to begin at 9:25 p.m., viewed by more than 3 million live spectators and over 12 million television viewers nationwide.

The event will kick-off with a series of patriotic songs performed by the West Point Band and Glee Club and a live performance of “God Bless America” by Kelly Clarkson – a tribute to the song’s 100th anniversary.

Macy’s announced on June 5th that the fireworks extravaganza would be visible from the Long Island City waterfront, a 25-minute pyrotechnic display “for the record books featuring more than 75.000 shells with effects like pulsing hearts, pinwheels, swirling waterfalls and more.

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.

“Macy’s fireworks continue to grow in artistry, as we ignite the night for the nation’s premiere Independence Day celebration,” Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July fireworks said in a prepared statement.

“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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