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Fireworks will be going off over Coney Island on the Fourth of July now that the city has issued a permit for the show. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.

Friday night lights in Coney Island means free fireworks to start the weekend.

"Oh, it's magnificent. It's just a lovely site to see. It's great for family fun also,' said one Coney Island resident.

The Alliance for Coney Island, the not-for-profit that promotes Coney Island businesses, has been putting on the show every Friday night for 12 years.

"People have come to expect it's an event that brings everybody together. It's free, it's on the boardwalk," said Johanna Zaki of the Alliance for Coney Island.

This year's series of shows hit a snag. Initially, the city gave the alliance a permit for the fireworks every Friday except for the biggest night, Friday, July 4th - the same night the Macy's fireworks show will light up the sky over the East River after being moved from the Hudson River. Some suspected the city did not want the two shows competing with each other. But the alliance says it just took longer to work out the logistics with the city.

"We're just happy we were able to work that all out. All the stakeholders are happy, they are expecting a big day that day," Zaki said.

The city finally issued the permit after community leaders rallied together to work it out with City Hall.

"We definitely love the Macy's show, but this is the show here for New Yorkers, locals. And it's just a win-win. We 're happy the show will go on in Coney Island," said City Councilman Mark Treyger.

Business owners say they could not imagine the Fourth of July in Coney Island without fireworks.

"Many people call me up, they want to see the fireworks, and they want to be part of the excitement in Coney Island," said Michael Quinn of Coney Island Tours.

The alliance says the show on July 4 will actually be double in size and budget from the other Friday night fireworks. Those free shows run every Friday through the end of August.

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