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Finale [Macy's Fireworks]

The 36th Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is now less than a month away and already is proving to be a little controversial, splitting a city in two.

Macy’s choice of venue has angered the residents of Brooklyn, Queens, and the east side of Manhattan, to a stage where some residents have refused to shop in Macy’s Department Store again.

Back in 2009 Macy’s, decided to celebrate Henry Hudson’s journey into New York by staging the annual display on the Hudson River rather than the usual East river, it was at the time said to be a temporary move, but four years later there have been no plans to move the event back.

East New Yorkers are asking, is this decision based on economic reasons? as local waterfront bars and restaurants benefiting financially in the more affluent areas of the west side.

We don’t know the political reasons for the move but it does seem from the reactions and feedback from last year’s display that it was a great success and west-siders have welcomed the decision with open arms.

Macy’s this year held a Facebook campaign for an unknown artist to sing the star spangled banner live at the event. After much deliberation, the final winner is Kory Glattman, who will perform what has been described as a special and powerful rendition of the American anthem live on NBC and watched by millions.

Americans were also asked to submit votes for their favourite inspirational music to accompany the pyrotechnics. The final choices are:

Yankee Doodle
Holiday (Madonna)
God Bless America (Lee Greenwood)
An armed forces medley
Sparks Fly (Taylor Swift)
One Moment in time (Whitney Houston)
Stars and stripes forever
The Star-Spangled Banner (Kory Glattman)
And finally, God Bless America

Over 40,000 fireworks will be lit in the 25-minute spectacular overseen by megastars Katy Perry Famous for “Firework” and Kenny Chesney, one of the USA’s biggest country stars.

Local lad Craig Ward from Lincolnshire has been offered the mammoth task of photographing the festivities. Craig, now a veteran of huge campaigns, having in the past being commissioned to work for wired, talk-talk, and the New York Times, will use a variety of photographic techniques to capture the atmosphere, from long exposure shots to L.E.D arrays, and some of unique camera trickery.

The display will be fired from barges anchored between 18th and 43rd St.

The best places to see the fireworks will be from 12th avenue below 59th St at the access points on
26th St, 27th-29th St, 33rd-34th St, 40th-42nd St, 44th-50th St, 52nd-54th St and 56th-57th St.

Spectators have been asked to travel to the event by public transport where possible, leaving their cars at home, with this in mind NYC transit have put on increased services to cope with the expected masses both before and after the display. Here’s more information below 🙂

The Best Place To See Macy's Fireworks Display 2012


Macys 4th of July Fireworks 2010

Macys 4th of July Fireworks 2010 has been confirmed to be taking place above the Hudson River, this is the second year in a row that the Hudson River has been favoured over the East River which it seems has ceased to be the waterway of choice for the legendary fireworks display.

Last year the fireworks display was moved from the East River to the Hudson in honour of Henry Hudson and the 400 years since he first sailed up that famous river. This has, of course, affected the annual viewing pleasures of thousands on the East River, who now have to crane their necks to get a whiff of the smoke, so why move the show?

Good question, very insightful of your reader. Well, the good people at Macy’s have said that the move this year was to better provide viewing for the countless thousands of spectators that annual gather to view the “best fireworks display in America” and to better accommodate the mighty barges employed to launch said pyrotechnics from.

The 2010 Macys Fireworks 4th of July display by SOUSA Fireworks will have over 40,000 shells launched from 6 barges in the Hudson River. The show, like any big show nowadays, will be synchronised to music. The musicians supplying the tuning for the night’s events will be none other The New York Pops Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, along with gospel, choral groups and barbershops quartets. Classy.

We will, of course, be updating this blog to let you know all you need to know about the best 4th of July Party in the U.S of A. Stay tuned!!

2009 Macy's Fireworks @New York-01


Best Views of Macys 4th of July Fireworks

The skies above New York City will explode with some of the most amazing fireworks ever viewed this Independence Day. Once again Macy’s, with the world’s largest store in Herald Square, NYC, will host the 30-minute fireworks extravaganza that has the entire City of New York “oohing” and “aahing.”

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in NYC is the largest display of pyrotechnic creativity and firepower in the nation. The show takes over a year to create from the musical score to the perfectly timed explosions of color that fire into the night sky. This awesome display will fire over 1,100 shells per minute and feature over 35,000 fireworks.

The Macy’s fireworks display last year was coordinated from 6 barges at two locations on the East River in New York City. Macy’s fireworks barges will be positioned at the East River between 10th and 24th Street in Manhattan and at the South Street Seaport. A double barge configuration will be positioned just south of the Brooklyn Bridge for the show.

The Macy’s July 4th fireworks display originally made its debut on the Hudson River in 1958 before becoming an East River tradition in 1976. Well this year it is back to the Hudson.

Here’s where you can catch the action:

Scrap those plans to spend July 4th in Brooklyn or on FDR Drive. This year, the best views will be from Manhattan’s West Side between 23rd and 59th Streets and choice spots along the New Jersey waterfront.

Keep in mind that the public viewing areas get extremely crowded, so arrive early (well before 7 pm if you want a decent spot) and bring chairs or a blanket to spread out and whatever other supplies you need to enjoy the wait (water, food, iPods, etc.).

The West Side Highway will eventually turn into a giant New York City block party. Just make sure you hit the loo before you get there – public restroom facilities will be crowded and disgusting if available at all (no official word on bathroom situation as of yet). And be prepared to spend some time getting home. It takes a while for the crowd to thin out.

See below for the best places to view the 2009 Macy’s July 4th fireworks.

  • West Side Highway and Surrounding Area
    In Manhattan, 12th Avenue and the northbound lanes of the West Side Highway between 23rd and 59th Streets will be closed to traffic for public fireworks viewing. Pedestrian access to the viewing area will be via the following streets: 24th, 26th through 30th, 34th, 40th through 44th, 47th through 52nd, and 54th through 57th.Other prime West Side public viewing spots include:

    • Dewitt Clinton Park (access from 11th Avenue)
    • Pier 54 (limited access from 14th Street)
    • Pier 84 (limited access from 44th Street)
    • Selected side streets between 11th and 12th Avenues

    According to Macy’s, the following West Side spots will NOT be open for public viewing of the fireworks: Battery Park, Battery Park City, Hudson River Piers (except Pier 54 and Pier 84 as described above, the Hudson Park Promenade between West Houston and 59th Streets, and the Hudson River Park Bike Path between West Houston and 59th Streets.

  • New Jersey
    You’ll find great views of the Macy’s 2009 fireworks from Hoboken and Weehawken, with decent views from Jersey City and North Bergen. The Chandelier Room at the new W Hotel in Hoboken offers great views of the fireworks and a special menu of summer snacks and cocktails (Elderflower margarita, anyone?).
  • Empire State Building
    Watch the Macy’s Fireworks from the top of the Empire State Building. Only 250 tickets will be sold so you’ll have to book well in advance. For $125 per person, you can get access to the 86th Floor Observatory between 8-10PM to watch the fireworks. Purchase tickets by calling 212-736-3100.
  • Hudson Terrace
    Located right off the West Side Highway (621 West 46th Street), the Hudson Terrace rooftop will offer panoramic views of the 4th of July fireworks. For $125 per person, you can also enjoy all-you-can-eat BBQ and an open bar from 7-10 PM. For $200 per person, you and your posse can hang out in a private cabana for 15.

For more info, call Macy’s Fireworks Hotline: (212) 494-4495