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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular To Return This Summer

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Summer is back in the city!

The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular will return next month and Mayor Bill de Blasio vows it will be the biggest show yet.

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Thousands of pyrotechnics will shoot from five barges floating on the East River, CBS2’s Jessica Moore reported Thursday.

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It was the announcement New Yorkers everywhere had been waiting for — the fireworks show is back and will be bigger than ever.

“Our 25-minute spectacle will salute the hero within, highlighting American bravery and optimism. It’s these qualities clearly evident in all New Yorkers during the most challenging time in our history, which allowed our city to come back and move forward into a brighter future,” Macy’s Will Coss said.

But wait, there’s more.

“Nothing says summer in New York City like the fireworks show at Coney Island. It’s an amazing event each year and it will be back,” de Blasio said.

Last year due to COVID, Macy’s scrapped its main show for a week’s worth of small pop-up fireworks events across the five boroughs.

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People CBS2 spoke with said they are thrilled to have the full-scale event back.

“It was not the same and so it’s really nice to feel like things are getting back to normal, and we can gather together safely and celebrate big things,” said Mindy Berger of the Upper East Side.

The magic will happen along the East River, and thousands of spectators will watch the spectacular show from special viewing areas designated for those who are vaccinated and those who aren’t, enforced by the NYPD, Moore reported.

“I think it’s a smart idea,” Melanie Chernoff said. “I’m thrilled. It says a lot about how New York is coming back. We’re very excited and looking forward to it.”

Across the river in Queens, the view and the excitement are just as real.

“Celebrations, everybody gathering together family and friends enjoying the time. It feels normal again,” Richmond Hill resident Lenny Lachmen said.

“I’m ready to see the fireworks. I’m going to bring my daughter out here. I want to see the lights, the people. I want to feel that New York City electricity again. I want to feel it again,” said Tremain Gary of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The mayor wouldn’t say exactly how many people will be allowed to attend. Those details are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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The Macy’s show will also be live streamed at 9:25 p.m. and we’ll bring you live coverage here on CBS2.

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