Every July, New Yorkers look forward to one of the city’s biggest celebrations—Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks. And this year, it’s set to be one of the greatest pyrotechnic spectacles yet!
“Macy’s Fireworks will once again spark joy and captivate millions as together the nation joins in celebration,” said Will Coss, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “Live from New York City, five barges positioned on the East River will launch a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes and sounds, celebrating America’s diverse musical legacy, featuring a selection of genres that have inspired global culture.”
The tradition has been “ooing” and “aweing” New Yorkers since 1974, making this year the 46th anniversary. There will be dedicated areas for public viewing managed by the NYPD. Stay tuned for an announcement on the official public viewing areas across the boroughs to come.
The show will take place around 9:25 p.m. on Monday night, July 4, launching more than 48,00 shells and effects from five barges in the middle of the East River—1,900 shells and effects per minute.
Designed by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, the show will be synced to a patriotic musical score, and will last about 25 minutes long. This year’s multi-sensory show will also feature special new effects in 30 different shapes and colors. Expect to see bursts of fireworks in the shapes of blinking smiley faces and mushrooms!
The musical score will feature The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, andCommunity Baptist Church of Englewood Choir led by music director Ray Chew. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. on NBC.
A press release says it will also feature “A third of the total shells in this year’s show will showcase multiple effects bringing more pyrotechnic firepower to the festivities that will span a mile across the East River in a multi-layer presentation, reaching dramatic heights of 1,000 feet to the water’s edge.”
You can read even more about the plans on Macy’s website here.