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Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Return to East River This Year

By Jeanmarie Evelly | June 3, 2016 2:06pm | Updated on June 6, 2016 8:27am
 The Macy's Fourth of July fireworks will take place on the East River in 2016.
The Macy's Fourth of July fireworks will take place on the East River in 2016.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — Macy's Fourth of July fireworks will return to the East River again this year, officials announced Friday.

The show — which will start at 9:25 p.m. on July 4 — will once again be shot off from four barges on the water located between 23rd and 37th streets in Midtown and another below the Brooklyn Bridge near South Street Seaport, officials said.

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Spectators in western Queens, Brooklyn and the east side of Manhattan will be poised to get the best views of the spectacle, which returned to the east side in 2014 after five years on the Hudson River.

"With the fireworks lighting up the East River for the third year in a row, millions of New Yorkers will again be able to take part in Macy's electrifying July 4th display," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

"The fireworks will ignite the sky — and the local economy — from Queens to Brooklyn to Manhattan."

This is the 40th year for the annual holiday show, which will last 25 minutes and feature more than 52,000 shells, according to organizers.

Macy's will use Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City as its headquarters for the display, as it did last year, so the park will be closed during the event, a Macy's spokesman said.

The 108th Precinct is already getting ready for the influx of spectators expected to flock to Hunters Point for the fireworks, according to Captain Travaglia, the precinct's commanding officer.

There will be no parking between 44th Drive and 54th Avenue from Center Boulevard to Vernon Boulevard — including all side streets — starting at 10 p.m. on July 3 until about midnight on July 4, he said.

"That’s all in the interest of safety for the entire community, and trying to keep the masses safe," Travaglia told the crowd at a Community Board 2 meeting Thursday.

While Hunters Point South Park will be closed during the display, viewers will be able to watch from Gantry Plaza State Park further north, he said.

Police will also be checking people's bags, according to Travaglia.

"Travel lightly if you are coming to that region, and I obviously suggest coming there early," he said.