After five years of lighting up the sky over the Hudson River, the 38th annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show will move back to the East River this summer. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
The big Fourth of July fireworks show Macy's puts on each year will be exploding over the East River this summer.
"The fact the fireworks come back to the East River means that countless more New Yorkers will now be able to enjoy what is really the greatest annual fireworks show in the country," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "From Brooklyn to Western Queens to the East Side of Manhattan, many more New Yorkers will be able to take part in this celebration in their neighborhoods, on their rooftops, along the shoreline.
The mayor is arguing that this move is part of his effort to give New Yorkers in all five boroughs the chance to enjoy the best of the city.
As public advocate, de Blasio was among the politicians who called for the show to be moved from the Hudson River. Being mayor may have helped him make the case to Macy's.
"What a difference an election makes," said former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
The fireworks will be launched from barges in the river and from the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge will be shut down during the show, but is unclear how long it will need to stay closed that day.
The new location also means additional security work for the New York City Police Department because it will have to patrol both sides of the river. All of the spectators will be in New York instead of some in New Jersey.
"The big loser today is New Jersey, and I want to say to New Jersey, we hope you have a wonderful July 4," said state Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district covers parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The move to the East River is not a permanent one. Macy's has a history of changing the location of its Fourth of July fireworks display and is expected to do so again in the future.
"It's not permanent," said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks. "We've got a 50-year history of doing the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks. We've always been nomadic in nature. We've moved from place to place."
The mayor said he prefers this new location and will do what he can to make sure the fireworks are there as often as possible.