Back on! Macy's Fourth of July fireworks to be 'biggest' ever as crowds return

People watch the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks from Hunter Point Park on July 4, 2018 in New York City
People watch the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks from Hunter Point Park on July 4, 2018 in New York City. Photo credit Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

The Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show will return as a live event this year with crowds after the show was “reimagined” last year because of the pandemic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said it will be the “biggest” Macy’s fireworks display ever and include a large-scale audience.

“This will be the biggest show yet,” de Blasio said at his morning briefing Thursday. “Literally, Macy’s putting together the biggest fireworks display they ever have.”

“And we know last year we had to do it a very different way. It was great, but it wasn’t that same extravaganza we’re used to. This year, back and literally better than ever,” the mayor said.

De Blasio said the fact so many people have been vaccinated will allow the city to have “many, many people in attendance.”

The mayor said there would be dedicated areas for fully vaccinated people and other areas for people who are not vaccinated. Public viewing locations will be set up and managed by the NYPD.

Macy’s described its 45th annual show as a 25-minute “jaw dropping pyrotechnic salute to American bravery and optimism in an incomparable barrage of color, light, shape and sound.” It said the “epic celebration will inspire a renewed sense of hope and optimism among our fellow New Yorkers and viewers nationwide” after last year’s celebration was scaled back significantly due to the coronavirus.

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 on Sunday, July 4 at 9:25 p.m.

“It all starts with a spark,” Coss said. “America’s biggest Independence Day celebration is going to come to life against the incredible New York City skyline.”

A two-hour entertainment special will air on NBC at 8 p.m. It will feature performances by Black Pumas, Coldplay, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire and more.

The fireworks show will feature a score by vocalists, a military band and an orchestra in a “special salute to American bravery and optimism,” Macy's said.

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