NEW YORK, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Macy’s would hold their annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular, but that the show will be modified to reduce crowds during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
People throughout New York City look forward to Macy’s firework show all year, but with so many events canceled during the pandemic, many wondered if there would be fireworks in 2020. According to ABC 7, Mayor de Blasio announced on June 23 that the event would indeed happen, but that it will look different than ever before.
De Blasio explained that Macy’s would not host just one large fireworks show. Instead, they will set off fireworks during five-minute shows in each of the five boroughs. Spreading out the fireworks will allow people across the city to celebrate the Fourth of July from their homes or while social distancing in local parks. Mayor de Blasio expressed concern that a massive fireworks display would encourage people to gather in a large crowd, violating current COVID-19 safety regulations.
The fireworks displays will begin on June 29 and occur in a different borough each night through July 3. On July 4, Macy’s will televise all of the fireworks shows from throughout the week, so everyone can enjoy them from home. Mayor de Blasio also noted that there would be “something special” involving the Empire State building on July 4, but he did not reveal any other details.
Mayor de Blasio hopes that this modified Fourth of July program will help the city celebrate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.