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Show Will Go On for Macy’s Annual 4th of July Firework Display

Macys 4th Of July Fireworks (via Macy’s)

April 22, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show will go on this year despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today.

“One way or another, the show will go on,” he said at his daily briefing. “One way or another we’re going to celebrate the 4th of July in a very special way in New York City.”

The details of how and where the fireworks will be shot off have not yet been established however.

“There’s definitely going to be fireworks,” de Blasio said. “How we do them, where we do them, how we do it in a way that’s safe and keeps New Yorkers healthy — a lot of questions that we have to answer between now and then.”

The fireworks were sent off from the Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding barges last year, but had been lit from barges off Hunters Point South Park the four years prior.

When Macy’s used Hunters Point South Park as its base, more than 60,000 people turned out on the Long Island City waterfront to view them.

De Blasio said the celebration will be different than previous years, noting that many New Yorkers can watch the fireworks from their fire escapes, roofs and windows.

He said the show must be done in a way that’s smart and safe.

“This is a day we cannot miss, this is a celebration that has to happen, because it’s about our nation and it’s about all we stand for as Americans and New Yorkers and it’s a symbol of our strength and resilience — but we’re gonna do it a smart way,” de Blasio said.

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With the fireworks and the parade every year, Macy’s spends a lot of money and I can’t help but wonder how they afford it. Sure, they get publicity and all its benefits but they’re also suffering from a huge drop-off of shoppers. I’m not your typical shopper and I can’t remember the last time I was at the mall but I can’t see how they justify these yearly expenses while also shutting stores across America.


Thank you – Identity politics?!? That’s all you post. Trump has blood on his little orange hands. Fact!!

Gardens Watcher

To “Thank You”: the President knew about the threat long before he blocked flights from China. He called the virus a hoax. The only science he believes in is political science!

Scientists have used real science to track the virus and determined that most cases in NYC came from Europe, not China. So good that he shut the door on Chinese flights, but the virus came in through flights from Europe to NYC, and he didn’t shut those flights down until much later.

The CDC’s bungled job on testing in February cost us valuable time. We’re all paying the price now for that.

Thank You

Undying thanks to our President Donald J. Trump for blocking travel to and from the affected areas on Jan. 31st in spite of Joe Biden and the usual suspects calling it “racist” and “xenophobic’…if it wasn’t for your strong leadership and applying science instead of playing identity politics like your critics we would have had tens of thousands more deaths…I am looking forward to your swearing in celebration on 1/20/21….maybe Alzheimer Joe will realize there is an election by that time…

That is all completely false

Trump had all the info in January. Never acted until April. Now his solution is Lysol injections.

Meanwhile there’s no jobs or economy. Trump is giving free taxpayer money to everyone. Why do New Yorkers have to pay extra tax for his failings?


Agreed. Having fireworks is ridiculous there’s no way people are going to stay home if this happens. Unless and until this is 100% over you’re risking thousands of lives.


Tone deaf deblasio thinks that maceys will pay for this after furloughing thousands of their workers
Can he be even more nuts ? He has a job so blank the rest of us

Yeah, Trump's pandemic response costs millions of jobs

He has all the info in January. Didn’t so a single thing. Said it would gone by March.

Now as a result, like you said–no jobs. Thank you for agreeing Trump is to blame.

By the way, do you know what hashtags are? They aren’y on this site, are you a little confused?

Who cares about fireworks...

Why the urgent rush for fireworks. So we have to skip the fireworks for this year We should focus on getting this virus out of here & stop it from killing us Blasio has it all wrong .
God Bless Us .

El Loco The Trollo

What are you talking about? The pandemic started months ago dummy. The virus spread quickly in NYC due to high population density. Thank the the greedy developers who keep building ‘affordable’ apartment buildings and cramming hipsters into them. By the way, did you do anything to help out during the pandemic ? I didn’t think so.

I agree, Trump is encouraging millions of Americans to hold large maskless gatherings

You make a great point:

YES De Blasio put into place a mask policy for NYC
YES you didn’t realize that NYC is a big city so the infection rates are big. Thanks for admitting that.

I missed the part where you gave a single reason that Donald “inject yourself with Lysol” Trump is less to blame than de Blas?

El loco

There’s a pandemic waiting to happen. Thanks Bill. How come more people aren’t questioning why so many more people died in NYC than anywhere else? Because of DeBlasio and Cuomo that’s why.

I agree, Trump is encouraging millions of Americans to hold large maskless gatherings

De Blasio put into place a mask policy for NYC. So obviously he’s way more at fault than the president.

>why so many more people died in NYC

NYC is the largest city. Tough concept, I know. Now You Know.

Gardens Watcher

Not surprised the Mayor’s announcement was met with blowback from the FDNY union. No way should he encourage huge crowds to assemble in NYC this year. We won’t have a vaccine for 12 to 18 months.

They should rebroadcast last year’s Macy’s fireworks and combine it with a live telethon virtual concert to support our brave healthcare workers and first responders.


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