Fourth of July Fireworks will return to East River
by Jess Berry
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Mayor Bill de Blasio has spent the past two years working on getting the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks back to the East River.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has spent the past two years working on getting the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks back to the East River.
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The historic Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks will return to the East River after five years of being launched from New Jersey, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday.

The announcement comes after two years of numerous officials working with Macy’s to bring the fireworks back to New York City.

“Nothing represents summer in the city more than Macy’s fireworks extravaganza,” de Blasio said. “It’s the most wonderful way to celebrate Independence Day.”

The show this year will take place on the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. Three barges will be set up in the river, with the bridge being used as a fourth barge.

Amy Kule, the executive producer of Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, promised a show unlike any other.

“It’s going to be a beautiful show, all brand new, and very worthy of this important move back to the east side,” Kule said. “We’re honored to be able to do it.”

With the move back to the East River, millions more New Yorkers will be able to see and experience the fireworks show, and viewers all across the nation will tune in as it is broadcast live on NBC.

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez discussed the positive effects the move will have on local businesses in New York, as millions of people gather to watch the fireworks.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the greatness of two other boroughs, Queens and Brooklyn,” Velázquez said.

Both Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz applauded the opportunity to offer Brooklyn and Queens residents free family fun.

“It’s about finding free family environments in the borough of Brooklyn during these tough economic times,” Adams said.

The move to the East River is not a permanent one, as Kule said the Macy’s fireworks are “nomadic in nature.”

The display often moves according to certain anniversaries and celebrations. This year, the show will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

“You will see incredible pyrotechnics this year, I can promise you that,” Kule said.
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