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July 4th fireworks return to East River

April 14, 2014 By Michael Florio

Things will be lighting up this 4th of July for residents of Western Queens.

Macy’s annual Fourth of July Firework Show will return to the East River this summer, providing a better view for those in Long Island City and parts of Astoria.

In 2009 the firework show moved to the Hudson River, giving New Jersey the prime vantage point.

Now in the East River again, the fireworks will be shot off of barges and the Brooklyn Bridge. The location of these barges is not known yet, but they will be very visible from Long Island City and parts of Astoria, according to State Sen. Mike Gianaris’ office.

“This is a reason to celebrate,” State Sen. Mike Gianaris said.

“For too long, residents of our neighborhoods have been left out of what is not only a citywide, but a national event,” Gianaris said. “Once again, the Queens waterfront will be a participant in the grandest Independence Day celebration in the United States.”

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Sarah

Welcome news for LIC / Brooklyn residents and business owners alike.
Bringing it back east would generate the most revenue for NYC coffers

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LIC Res

Shoot them off of numerous speedboats circling Manhattan, so everyone gets a good view? Only seems fair.

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Normandeau

Just saw this.

http://www.amny.com/news/july-4th-fireworks-returning-to-east-river-1.7699119

Queens state Sen. Michael Gianaris, who’s district includes the waterfront communities of Long Island City and Astoria, said in a statement the move is “welcome news.”

“For too long, residents of our neighborhoods have been left out of what is not only a citywide, but a national event,” Gianaris said. “Once again, the Queens waterfront will be a participant in the grandest Independence Day celebration in the United States.”

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Normandeau

I read elsewhere that only those in Brooklyn will get a good view.

Fireworks photo from our first digital camera [1.3 megapixels] in 2004 shown at our web site.

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