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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Taking Place Over Long Island City, Fourth Year Running

Macys 4th Of July Fireworks (via Macy’s)

June 5, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

Macy’s 4th of July fireworks are returning to the East River for a fourth year in a row this summer.

Macy’s made the announcement today, noting that more than 3,000 shells and effects will be launched per minute from seven barges between 23rd and 42nd Streets in midtown on the River, meaning the show will be on full display from Long Island City and western Queens.

The 25-minute show will begin at around 9:25 p.m.

“Macy’s Fireworks continue to grow in artistry, as we ignite the night for the nation’s premiere Independence Day celebration,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, in a statement.

Macy’s says this year’s display will be “one for the record books”, and is expected to be viewed by more than 3 million live spectators and over 12 million television viewers nationwide.

The fireworks will go off to the score of patriotic songs played by the West Point Band and Glee Club, with a performance of “God Bless America” from Kelly Clarkson. The song celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Macy’s has held the fireworks show since 1976, making this year the 42nd edition of the pyrotechnic display. More than 75,000 shells and effects will decorate the night sky, with designs like neon pinwheels, pulsing hearts, swirling water fountains, and more.

“I’m thrilled that once again the greatest fireworks show in the country will be viewable to all of Western Queens!” Council Member Van Bramer said. “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show is a national event and it’s great to have it based right here in Long Island City along our waterfront for all to enjoy!”

The fireworks were moved to the Hudson River in 2009, but returned to the East River in 2015. Macy’s has used Hunters Point South Park as a staging area for the showcase and a private viewing in past years, resulting in the park being closed off to the public that day.

The 108th Precinct confirmed that Hunters Point South Park will be closed for the event this year, with Gantry Plaza State Park remaining open to the public as in prior years.

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Jayne Fox

I feel for you. I live in Hells Kitchen and haven’t celebrated a decent New Years Eve in 15 years. We have to leave before the lockdown, of the neighborhood, at 5pm. And we can’t get home after midnight unless we want to walk. I can tell you horror stories.


Just to let you know, James E is not me. Unlike everyone else, I use my real name unlike others. James E is not me. Macys once again is proving to not give a crap about the people that live here. I broke this story in March, contacted Macys and they seem to think that residents do not belong in the conversation. They seem to think while they celebrate freedom that it is ok to take away ours, our disabled residents, our vets etc. NBC and the NY Post agreed with us last year and all did stories. Fox News did stories and we were picked up around the world, yet Macys still will not sit down and see how we can make this easier for the community. I do not want to hear all the losers comments. Our building is at Ground Zero, we put up with this. This is a letter from management yesterday. They are closing our amenities, something residents pay for, so Homeland security and NBC can tape. We are once again being locked up like animals, no community input at all from any of us. Here is Related Managements letter to residents. I have told them I will not be honoring there request for only 4 guests and that Related gets paid a fee and has no right to sell the residents out. I will not be complying with there made up rules. Dear Residents-

We are excited to announce that the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the nation’s largest Independence Day display, will return to the East River this year for its 42nd Anniversary. The show will begin at approximately 9:20 p.m. After a review of the event’s relation to HPS Commons last year, and in order to ensure that all residents can safely experience all of the festivities on July 4th, we will be implementing the following plan of action and policies:

Building Access for residents
All residents must pick up unique color coded wristbands which they must wear on July 4th in order to be vetted by security and permitted to enter the building. The wristbands will be available for pickup at the front desk at 9am on July 4th.
All residents should be mindful of additional NYPD and building security on this day which may cause some delays in navigating through the neighborhood or accessing the building.
ii.Guest Policy

4 guests per apartment – no exceptions. This policy will be strictly enforced by extra security Personnel stationed at all building entrances. As mentioned above, this policy is being implemented for safety (and fire code) reasons. Safety and security of building residents is our #1 concern.
Each apartment will receive (along with their own wrist bands), four unique color coded guest wrist bands.
Guests must arrive prior to 1PM so that they can check-in and you can give them a wristband.
No guests will be allowed to enter the building without a wristband after 1pm – no exceptions!
Guests who do not have a wrist band will not be permitted to enter the building – no exceptions!
From 1PM-5PM, those with wristbands can come and go as they please.
After 5PM, due to NYPD restrictions, the neighborhood will be inaccessible to non-residents, and only residents may exit and enter the building- with some exceptions:
Deliveries: Food Deliveries will be accepted (if they can access the building) but residents will have to come down to the lobby for pick-up.
Smoking: Management will set aside a designated smoking area in front of the building for residents and their guests.
Residents arriving throughout the day: Exceptions will be made for Tenants returning to the building after 5PM, but management cautions that the neighborhood will be locked down by police and most vehicles will not be permitted to enter.
iii. All building amenities will shut down at 5pm (including the Gym and Playroom).
iv. Roof Access Lottery- Access to the River Terrace will be available to 150 randomly selected lottery winners all of whom must be amenity members.

Individuals interested in entering the lottery for accessing the River Terrace should complete the attached form and either email it to us at (see below) or return it to the front desk no later than June 22nd, 2018.
The lottery is available to only those residents which are in good standing and amenity package members of Hunters Point South Commons
No guests will be allowed to access the River Terrace
Forms can be dropped off in the management office, at the front desk, or emailed to
We will reach out to the lottery all lottery winners the week of June 25th,2018
The lottery winners will be able to pick up their unique color wristbands which will act as a pass for accessing the River Terrace.
The terrace will open for all lottery winners at 7pm on July 4th.
It will remain open until 10pm.
Please note, management reserves the right to turn away any guest that is deemed to be a nuisance to the community or its occupants. Additionally, please brief your guests on the above mentioned policies and ensure your guests treat our community and all of your fellow neighbors with respect; failure to do so is not only un-neighborly and unwelcome behavior, but also a direct violation of the apartment Standards Section of your lease.

We look forward to a fun, safe, and secure 4th of July!

Thank you,

Hunter’s Point South Living Management

Now do any of you want to entertain guests from 1pm to 10pm? I think not. As for a violation of my lease, Related is in violation on housing laws, they can not control how many guests we have. Maybe there would not be so much anger here if Related would stop renting out our building for this event. It is bad enough we are being locked down, but to take away our amenities so they can be paid by Macys and NBC is a horror. I am ready for all the nasty comments.


Ah, the greatest of July 4th traditions. The fireworks, and James Edstrom losing his damn mind about being “trapped” and “locked up”. Conspiracy theories about Macy’s and Homeland Security, uninformed legal interpretation about housing code and dragging the local B-list news crews into LIC to get his 10 seconds of fame. James – you have two options: 1) enjoy a front row seat to an awesome fireworks display from the comfort of your rent stabilized apartment or 2) don’t. It’s really not that big of a deal and neither are you.


I do not believe the city should ban pets but they should ban pet owners who do not clean up after their pets.

LIC Neighbor

At least Macy’s still in business that they can hold this event, in a few years they will for sure go the route of Sears and Lord and Taylor closing down and out of business. In the not so distant future it will be known as the Amazon/Whole Foods July 4th Extravaganza!!!!


Fireworks scare the bejeezus out of all animals, including some humans, especially those PTSD. Aside from the fact that it just glorifies militarism. There WILL be backlash!!

Justine Marie Vickers

Should we give ambien to all the terrified animals in the area too? Stupid response.


Oh great another HIPSTER that puts Fido’s needs before the needs of our country. This lack of patriotism these days is why I voted for Trump, even though that makes me a giant hypocrite since I pretend to not support real estate developers.

Justine Marie

First of all, I am not a “hipster”; 2nd of all, fireworks are not a “need” but rather an idiotic exercise in mass deception as to what is really important. Apparently, you’re as stupid as the asshole you for whom you voted.

James E

Armageddon will descend upon Long Island City in the form of fire raining down from the sky. I have predicted this catastrophe for months. I prostrate myself before the gods of this land to relinquish us from this night of living hell. Money is no substitute for the well being of the townsfolk and the animals. Please be aware this is not going to be a normal year. There will be an uprising.


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