Despite the coronavirus pandemic New York City is going ahead with its promise to celebrate Independence Day this year with Macy’s iconic fireworks. And it will be spread over multiple nights leading up to July 4th.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that the city and Macy’s will bring unique, smaller fireworks displays to each of the five boroughs, with the first show scheduled for Monday, June 29. They’ll last daily through the July 4 finale. This will allow New Yorkers to experience the fireworks without creating crowds.
Each display will launch from one or two unannounced land or water-based locations across New York City. The final display sites were chosen because they could safely accommodate the launch and firing of large-scale pyrotechnics.
According to Macy’s, each “brief but mighty 5-minute display” will feature thousands of dazzling shells fired per minute, with heights reaching up to 1,000 feet at select locations
The first show will be on Monday, June 29; the finale, headlined by John Legend, will air on NBC from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4.
“These past few months have been some of the most difficult in our city’s history, and New Yorkers are looking for a break,” de Blasio said in a statement. “This 4th of July Celebration with Macy’s will give all New Yorkers a safe and exciting way to enjoy the holiday together, even when we are apart.”
“New York City is our hometown. Macy’s believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work, and this year, we are taking our Fireworks show on a trip across the city. In reimagining this year’s show, the idea of bringing elements to many parts of our hometown resonated with our team and partners in the City of New York,” Susan Tercero, executive producer Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, said.
According to Macy’s, this year’s fireworks will feature a musical score that’s “a mix of pop and patriotic anthems celebrating New York City’s resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Aside from Legend, the finale will feature Mayo Clinic surgeon Dr. Elvis and Alicia Keys, who will perform salutes to front line workers.