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Macy’s 4th of July fireworks to return to the Hudson River for first time in 11 years

For the first time in more than a decade, New York City’s Fourth of July fireworks will be held over the Hudson River instead of the East River, thrilling Upper Westsiders and New Jerseyans alike.

Usually held over the East River to afford New York City residents a view from more boroughs, the flashy exhibit migrated to the Hudson in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in the area, West Side Rag noted. It stayed there for five years before moving back east in 2014.

This year’s extravaganza will “feature a dynamic collection of shells and a host of effects incorporating a variety of colors and shapes synced to a curated musical score presented alongside live performances,” with fireworks launched from barges between West 14th and West 34th streets, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks told the Daily News in a statement.

“This year’s Macy’s 4th of Fireworks display will launch an inspiring spectacle of patriotic color, light and sound from the Hudson River for the first time in more than a decade,” said Will Coss, executive producer of the show, promising “a showstopping and high-flying salute to the nation.”

Regarding the river switch, organizers are “spreading the love,” Coss told ABC News. “We’ve been on the East Side for quite some time. We look forward to sharing the show this year with our West Side residents.”

Those West Siders should be able to ogle the display from just about any spot from Riverside South and Riverside Park, or from a similarly positioned rooftop, West Side Rag reported.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wasn’t complaining, especially since the Garden State’s view will have the Big Apple skyline as a backdrop.

“New Jersey is proud to celebrate Independence Day this year with a dazzling display of fireworks planned in collaboration with our neighbors across the Hudson,” he said. “We are excited to work with Mayor Adams and Macy’s to view the country’s largest Independence Day celebration from our backyard as we commemorate 248 years of nationhood.”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams were equally enthusiastic.

“We look forward to seeing the incredible display from the Hudson River this year,” Hochul said, with Adams chiming in, “We can’t wait to welcome the crowds this year at the show!”


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