After an unconventional fireworks display last year due to COVID-19, Mayor de Blasio announced that Macy’s full fireworks show would return in its all usual glory this 4th of July!
“I am happy to announce that American’s biggest fireworks display is back: Macy’s,” he said this morning (June 10). “They are bringing back the full-scale fireworks show as we have loved it for decades and decades back to New York City for all of us to enjoy.”
He promised that it would be “the biggest show yet,” with the retailer putting on the largest fireworks display they ever have before. He noted that last year’s display — which had smaller shows take places over various nights across different boroughs to discourage crowds from forming — was great, but that it wasn’t the usual “extravaganza,” and said this year’s show would be back and “literally better than ever.”
There will be dedicated areas for public viewing: one for vaccinated people, and another for unvaccinated folks. Of course, anywhere that has a view of the East River would make a good spot.
Performances will include Coldplay, Black Pumas, Reba McEntire and Tori Kelly. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The show will take place around 9:25 p.m. on Sunday night, July 4, launching more than 65,000 shells and effects from five barges in the middle of the East River.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the fireworks show, which began with a special U.S. bicentennial show in 1976. It has grown bigger and grander every year since, and this year is designed with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza. The show will be synced to a patriotic musical score, and will last about 25 minutes long.
A press release says it will also feature “a host of shells and effects in dozens of colors and shapes including eclipsing fans, triple linking rainbows, blue jellyfish with crackling tentacles and red, white and blue waterfalls, creating dramatic effects a mile across the river and from 1,000 feet in the air to the water’s edge.”
You can read even more about the plans on Macy’s website here.
featured image source: Kent Miller / Macy’s