May 20, 2015 By Christian Murray
The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are coming to the East River and Hunters Point residents will be getting a close-up view of the show.
The fireworks will be shot from barges from two East River locations– one near midtown and the other by the South Street Seaport. The spectacle will begin at 9:20 pm and more than 40,000 pyrotechnic shells with be fired over a 25-minute period.
“The fireworks are going to be right in front of us with the gorgeous backdrop of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and UN and there will not be a better view anywhere to see them,” said Rob Basch, the president of the Hunters Point Parks Conversancy.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced today that the fireworks are coming, said that there are going to be more barges this year allowing more residents throughout Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn to enjoy them.
“Each year Macy’s presents an amazing 4th of July fireworks show that is an incredible visual spectacle as well as a stirring celebration of our nation’s independence,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
“That’s why it’s great news that this year’s show will once again take place on the East River, where it will be viewable from Long Island City and therefore more easily accessible to the 2.3 million residents of the Borough of Queens.”
Meanwhile, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who has been an advocate for bring the fireworks near Long Island City, said it is good for Hunters Point residents and businesses.
“Residents from Hunters Point in Long Island City and all of western Queens will rejoice…,” he said. “Staging the fireworks along the East River will give our local small businesses a boost and draw attention to all we have to offer here in Long Island City.”