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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 🙂


Ignite The Night

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


A Room With A View. Macys 4th July Fireworks Time Lapse Video.

This is a timelapse sequence by James Ogle of Macy’s July 4th fireworks display.

He shot the footage from his bedroom window and was playing with the remote timer and actually left his apartment 2 hours before the sequence began shooting. He set the timer to begin shooting as the sun began to set. Check out the video below 🙂