State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Council Member Steve Levin, and other elected officials and community leaders will hold a rally tomorrow (Monday, April 2) at 1:45 p.m. to demand that Macy’s restore its annual Fourth of July fireworks display to the East River, where it can be enjoyed by more New Yorkers, including Brooklynites. The rally will be held at the northwest corner of Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park (enter from Old Fulton Street).
Senator Squadron’s office issued the following statement:
In 2009, Macy’s moved the fireworks to the Hudson River to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s journey up the river. There have not been Fourth of July fireworks displays on the East River for the last three summers, limiting the number of New Yorkers who can enjoy the fireworks and sending visitors and business to New Jersey instead of into more New York City communities.
Senator Squadron and his colleagues will also propose a plan to create a consistent process for notifying communities about planned fireworks shows. This would ensure that community boards receive an annual Fireworks Community Outreach Plan (F-COP) from the FDNY that outlines the number of planned permits to be issued per month per community board; the specific hours in which fireworks shows may take place; blackout dates for fireworks permits; and the process through which communities will be notified of approved permits.
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