We reported earlier Tuesday that unfortunately for residents of Brooklyn, Queens and the east side of Manhattan, Macy’s had announced that—for the fourth consecutive year—the 2012 Fourth of July fireworks would be launched from barges in the Hudson instead of the East River.
However, this evening, Orlando Veras, a spokesman for Macy’s Fireworks contacted the Brooklyn Heights Blog with the following: “I wanted to write to clarify some information about the location of the 2012 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Please note that currently, the location(s) have not been confirmed. Unfortunately, earlier this week, the Macy’s Fireworks “coming soon” page on our website posted language relating to last year’s show. We expect confirmation on the location of this year’s show sometime in early Spring. Once this information is final, it will be widely distributed and advertised to inform both the media and general public.”
Our earlier post referred to a 2010 press conference by Councilman Stephen Levin calling for the fireworks to come home to the East River, citing the benefit to Brooklyn businesses, residents and the historical significance of the East River in the Battle of Brooklyn.
Macy’s, meanwhile, responded that year to an inquiry about why they continue to diss Promenade viewers, and was told that the display actually began on the Hudson River, and that its location is determined by the show’s design/effects and the opportunity for a “maximum number of spectators to see the show live.” The spokesman assured then that “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.”
We’ll update BHB readers as soon as we know where the 2012 Fireworks will actually take place.