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Regular readers to our blog will be aware that this iconic show has had a little negativity over the last few years due to its location. Seven years ago, in commemoration of Henry Hudson’s journey into New York, the venue was changed from the East river to the Hudson River. At the time, this was thought to be a temporary move but thanks to the success of the move and overwhelming support from local businesses it has stayed on the Hudson River side, depriving the residents of Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn a decent view of the pyro – much to the annoyance of the locals.

This year however, the status quo has been restored as the display returns to its home on the East River. The brilliant twenty-five minute long display will feature over 40,000 shells at a rate of around 1,600 per minute. This colourful and vibrant show, designed by Gary Souza and a team of fifty pyro technicians, is expected to use some pretty and unusual effects such as snowball shells, glitter comets and zipping stars.

There are three locations where the fireworks will be launched from 4 specially constructed barges; these will be at 23rd Street, 37th Street and a double barge near Brooklyn Bridge.

It is recommended that viewers tune into the local radio station 1010 wins-Am which will be transmitting the music score as the show is fired. Alternatively, NBC will be screening the show live from 8pm (local time).

Special guests offering the entertainment will include the brilliant Gloria Estefan, Soul and gospel singer; Cece Winans and country star Rodney Atkins who will all be entertaining the crowds which usually top the 2 million mark!

We advise arriving at the location of your choice by around 5pm for a front row view as these popular spots will of course fill up quickly. The return to the original venue has of course reduced the number of viewing points but you may just manage to get a reservation at the River Café on the waterfront. The Brooklyn Bridge and the V E Macy Park are also expected to be very popular viewing platforms. Other good spots to set up camp will be anywhere above the lower east river bridges that gives you an unobstructed view of the sky, Manhattans FDR drive, Brooklyn bridge piers 1-6 and Brooklyn heights promenade, but again we suggest getting there early and making a day of it.

Here in the UK the maximum explosive power is double that in the US but, whilst we are happy to supply any Americans based in the UK, regrettably, due to transportation rules, we are unable to supply to the U.S.A … YET!!

Get in touch if you need anything at all to celebrate July 4th over in the UK with friends and family as we can deliver within a couple of days to any UK address for a small fee.

Happy 4th July from everyone at EPIC FIREWORKS 🙂


Macys New York 4th July 2013 Firework Show

Finale [Macy's Fireworks]

Every 4th July Macy’s in New York has one of the most amazing fireworks display on the planet.

The 2013 show will take place over the Hudson River and will be used to celebrate the anniversary of the USA’s independence.

The firework show will be the 37th annual show, will last about 25 minutes and approximately 40,000 aerial shells will be launched from barges anchored in the Hudson River.

Every year the show has a theme. The theme for 2012 was ‘Ignite the night’. The theme for 2013 has been revealed and it’s called ‘It begins with a spark’.

Every year the show features the ‘Golden Mile’, which is a fireworks effect stretching over one mile across the Hudson River.

The show is a star-studded event with the 2013 show rumoured to have Mariah Carey performing and Usher is also going to be arranging the music that the fireworks will be played to.

Please see the two videos below of the 2012 fireworks show.


America Celebrates The Coming Of The Festive Season In Style With Fireworks

Welcome 2011, Happy New Year, Seattle Space Needle, red and white blue haze fireworks, Washington, USA

There appears to have been a massive increase in festive spirit lately and nowhere more so that in the USA at the moment.

As the US celebrate Thanksgiving, it is easy to see why their holiday spirit is already well established and they appear to keep the momentum going all the way through until New Year.

With Christmas just around the corner now, we have been searching for some of the big events which are planning to feature fireworks in their holiday build up celebrations.

Here are just a few and a little about the upcoming events:


Poughkeepsie has held an annual Celebration of Lights for the last 9-years and this year is no different.  Including a parade to the shore’s of the Hudson River, there will be a huge fireworks display, a tree lighting ceremony and Santa arriving in Town on the back of a fire engine.  The event costs $5 to attend if you wish to stand on the Bridge over the Hudson but I am quite sure that the fireworks will be seen from all across the City for no cost but as they will be collecting for good causes, I am sure a couple of dollars will find their way into the collection buckets even for those who are unable to visit the River themselves.


The town has a long tradition of staring the Winter Holiday season with a fireworks display.  It continues to take place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is entering its 14th Year.  Events will include a tree lighting ceremony, the Annual Bachelor’s Ball/Wilderness Woman competitions and is really about celebrating community spirit in the region.

The event is sponsored by businessman Stan Guthrie who sees the event as his opportunity to give back to the community who support small local businesses like his throughout the year.  He has a saying ‘Fireworks spark laughter which builds communities’ which he will strive to continue for as long as he can afford to do so.


The people of Witchita Kansas are having a ‘Night With Santa’ on Tuesday 4th December between 6:00pm and 8:30pm.  There will be a tree lighting ceremony carnival games, bingo, a cake walk (a bit like musical chairs but you win a cake when you are standing on the right numbered square), a benefit concert and of course, some stunning pyro.

The fireworks will be lit over the beautiful Arkansas River and I am sure will be absolutely stunning.


Manhattan New York celebrates the Centennial of the City with a HUGE fireworks event on December 9th.  There will be two massive state of the art pyro shows set across 8 locations on the Beach and the Pier. The firers have referred to it as a ‘dream show’ and it is certain to wow visitors to the area for its sheer size.

The event will also include the snow-park, five soft sledge runs and bouncing balloons.  Whilst there is no admission to the event, donations of tinned food, unwrapped gifts or cash are accepted as this will be taken for charity.

The event also includes a flyover by the US Navy, a dance party and a rock and roll band.

The upshot of it all is, whilst we do things on a much smaller scale, we are not shy when it comes to celebrating Christmas.  Whether yours is a deeply religious affair, an opportunity to get the family together once a year or indeed a fun-filled event, fireworks can only add to the magic so get yourself along to EPIC FIREWORKS for all your pyro needs.

We are open every day until 5pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on 27th December until New Year’s Eve.  If you have any questions about fireworks, we are here to help so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.