NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Officials announced Thursday that Macy’s will put on its “biggest” Fourth of July fireworks show ever this summer as the city welcomes back crowds to the event. Here’s what to know if you plan to attend on July 4.
The show can be seen from any location where you can get an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River.
However, there will be public viewing locations set up for vaccinated and unvaccinated spectators. The locations will be managed by the NYPD.
Viewing for verified fully vaccinated spectators will be available on elevated portions of the FDR Drive in Manhattan. Entry points will be at East 23rd, East 34th and East 42nd streets.
ADA/Special Needs public viewing for verified fully vaccinated spectators will be accessible at the East 34th Street entry point.
Public viewing for non-vaccinated spectators will be available along portions of the Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfronts.
Officials said evolving health and safety regulations may impact the city’s public viewing plan. Spectators are encouraged to check macys.com/fireworks for the most up-to-date viewing information, including entry details, health and safety protocols and marine viewing.
Will Coss, executive producer of the Macy's fireworks show, said more than 65,000 shells and effects will be launched from five barges lining the East River off midtown Manhattan at 9:25 p.m. on July 4.
If you plan to watch the fireworks in person, you can only listen to the live musical score in one place: 1010 WINS. A two-hour entertainment special will also air on NBC starting at 8 p.m.
Last year, the big show was replaced by several small, unannounced fireworks displays in order to prevent crowds from gathering during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.