Macy’s annual fireworks display will return to its usual grand scale on the East River on July 4, with the last sign of normalcy returning to New York City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the milestone on Thursday, noting that “this is part of New York’s summer, New York’s rebirth.”
He continued, “Why is this possible? Because you got vaccinated.
The mayor’s announcement comes days after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state would lift most of its remaining pandemic restrictions when 70 percent of the state’s adult population was at least partially vaccinated.
“When we reach 70%, we’ll get back to normal life,” Cuomo said Monday. “Or as normalized as possible after Covid.”
That goal is not far off – 69% of New York residents aged 18 and over have received at least one blow, according to a New York Times DatabaseAlthough with some areas lagging behind, Mr de Blasio said this week that his own hope of vaccinating five million New Yorkers by the end of June seemed out of reach.
The Macy’s fireworks display, an annual tradition since 1976, was significantly altered last summer to prevent spectators from gathering in large groups and potentially spreading the virus. Macy’s produced seven shorter, multi-day exhibitions that launched from different parts of the city: the East River, Coney Island, the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, One Times Square, Borough Hall in the Bronx and a final on July 4. from the top of the Empire State Building.
This year, Mr de Blasio said at a press conference: “They are bringing the large-scale fireworks display, as we have loved it for decades and decades, to New York City for all of us to enjoy.
The mayor said there would be dedicated viewing areas maintained by the New York Police Department separating people who had been vaccinated and those who had not. The average number of daily reported cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the city has been falling sharply for months, according to city data.
A press release from Macy’s said the 25-minute display will begin around 9:25 p.m. and will use more than 65,000 shells launched from five barges. It will be set to music, including patriotic songs like “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” and singer Tori Kelly’s interpretation of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel. “by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The statement described the fireworks as “eclipsing fans, triple-bonded rainbows, blue jellyfish with crackling tentacles and red, white and blue waterfalls, creating dramatic effects a mile from the river. and 1,000 feet in the air to the water’s edge “.
The fireworks display will air as part of a two-hour special on NBC that begins at 8 p.m., with performances from artists like Black Pumas, Coldplay, OneRepublic and Reba McEntire.
Mr de Blasio also announced another fireworks display off Coney Island in Brooklyn, which is expected to run from around 10 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. and be visible from the Coney Island boardwalk.