Update: The 2019 Fireworks display will be located on TBA.
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Every 4th of July, beginning around 9 pm, the skies around NYC explode with the most magnificent display of color and creativity. Many believe that the 4th of July fireworks display sponsored by Macy’s is one of the biggest and best in the U.S. Since 1958, when the pyrotechnic extravaganza made its debut on the Hudson River, NYC has dazzled our nation with its patriotic spirit. In 1976, the East River became the new venue for the annual celebration.
The half hour show takes over a year to create: from soundtrack to perfectly timed color explosions that brighten up the sky, everything is tuned up and synchronized to perfection. Four to six barges stationed between 23rd and 42nd Streets on the East River set off over 30,000 shells and special effects. The New York Fire Department is also part of the celebration by shooting red, clear and blue water some 300 feet into the air from fire boats stationed in the river.
In 2009, the 4th of July Fireworks were held once again in the Hudson River to mark the 400th anniversary of the exploration of the river by Henry Hudson. In 2012, the fireworks display returned to the Hudson River for a 26-minute display set off from six barges positioned between 18th and 43rd Streets. This expansion provided for greater visibility of the show for millions more spectators.