NEW YORK – Macy’s spectacular fireworks display on July 4 will return to New York City’s air this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday, after the pandemic led officials to choose a series of smaller shows in 2020 to crowd discourage from coming together.
The announcement is the latest in a series of events marking the rise of the country’s most populous city from more than a year of restrictions to prevent new coronavirus infections.
Last summer, the organizers changed the traditional extravaganza of one night and rather at the end of June presented short fireworks displays in each of the five districts. Officials made no public announcement about the time and location of each show to ensure residents could not meet in advance.
“This will be the biggest show yet,” de Blasio promised at a news conference, calling the fireworks a “tremendous sign of the rebirth of New York City.”
Crowds will again be allowed to gather to watch the spectacle along the East River, which separates Manhattan from Queens and Brooklyn districts. The show begins at approximately 21:25 ET (01:00 GMT) on the fourth of July, Independence Day.
New Yorkers will have the opportunity to watch the festivities in areas reserved for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Other areas will be open to individuals who have not been vaccinated.
Earlier this week, the mayor announced that New York will host a mega-concert in Central Park as part of a week-long celebration of the city’s reopening. The composition of musical performances that will be performed has yet to be announced.
In recent weeks, many U.S. states have relaxed or lifted pandemic curbs, citing progress in coronavirus vaccination and a decrease in cases.
Chicago, the third largest city in the country, will lift all capacity restrictions on Friday. Philadelphia will also drop its last two COVID-19 restrictions – the mandate for indoor masks and the last call for restaurants at 11 p.m.
Reporting by Maria Caspani