Unfortunately for residents of Brooklyn, as well as Queens and the east side of Manhattan, Macy’s has announced (see press release here) that, like last year, this year’s Fourth of July fireworks will be launched from barges in the Hudson instead of the East River.
Update: Reader Brian Shahum contacted Macy’s and asked why the fireworks were on the Hudson again this year. He received this reply:
Thanks for your note and the opportunity to clarify. Macy’s Fireworks actually began on the Hudson River and have been fired from there more than a dozen times throughout our history. Over the course of its 34 years as an annual event the Fireworks have been located at various points surrounding New York City including the East River, Hudson River and NY Harbor.
The location of the Fireworks show is determined by many factors, but the two most important reasons for a location is that year’s show design/effects and the ability for a majority of spectators to see the show live.
We strive to bring newness to the show each year and when we have an opportunity to bring in new effects/interesting new design elements we do so. This innovation may lead to a change of venue in order for us to give a maximum number of spectators the opportunity to see the show, as we planned it.
The show this year will be on the Hudson, however we will continue to move the show to different locations in NYC in the future as we celebrate milestones or add new and exciting elements/effects to the show.