July 4th Fireworks in NYC to Take Place Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

What you should know

The July 4th fireworks show in NYC is the largest Independence Day celebration in the country and one of the greatest events of the year in New York. Due to the ban of parades and large events throughout June amid the coronavirus crisis, the firework spectacle first seemed unrealistic. Now, there’s reason for hope.

UPDATE (6/23): Fireworks confirmed

Macy’s 4th of July fireworks 2020 in NYC are confirmed! They will, however, be different from what we are used to. This year’s fireworks display will involve several smaller fireworks in each borough on the nights leading up to Independence Day. The first fireworks will be set off on Monday, June 29 from an unknown location. On July 4th, the finale will last from 8 pm to 10 pm and will be headlined by John Legend.

  • Starting on June 29th, there will be brief, 5-minute fireworks in each of the five boroughs
  • On July 4th, there will be a finale headlined by John Legend
  • You can watch the spectacle live on NBC from 8 pm to 10 pm

Mayor de Blasio vows to host fireworks

In his daily briefing on April 22nd, Mayor de Blasio announced that Macy’s annual fireworks show will take place. He promised that “one way or another, the show will go on. One way or another we are going to celebrate the 4th of July in a very special way in New York City”.

Just one day prior, it was announced that all parades and large events would be canceled throughout the month of June. These include staples like the annual Pride Mach as well as the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Yet, he guaranteed that “there’s definitely going to be fireworks” despite coronavirus shutdowns in place.

What can we expect?

2020 will mark Macy’s 44th annual fireworks show in NYC. De Blasio ensured that the firework show would take place “in a way that is safe”, indicating that the 4th of July fireworks this year will be different from the annual spectacle that we are used to. It is not clear whether he referred to a smaller fireworks display, a different location, or even a different type of spectacle altogether.

In order for people to enjoy the show without gathering, live streams need to be offered. However, the risk of spectators flocking to see the show can’t be fully eliminated as past events have demonstrated. Large crowds of people gathered to watch the USNS Comfort arrive on March 30th and to watch the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds fly over New York City on April 28th. Social distancing guidelines are often violated during special events.

Are the 4th of July fireworks in NYC a good idea?

The motive behind the 4th of July fireworks, despite coronavirus setbacks, is to bring joy to the public and provide some normalcy in a world turned upside down. Every year, people get together to celebrate the seminal event in the founding of the country. It promotes a sense of unity that we now need more than ever. Nevertheless, sparks flew over Mayor de Blasio’s vow to have NYC host the fireworks show. His announcement caused controversy as Macy’s furloughed the majority of its workforce while the annual fireworks cost millions of dollars. Both arguments do hold validity and I suspect that there will be impassioned opinions on both sides.


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