Southern Brooklyn

Petition: Bring The Fireworks Back To The East River


For 32 years prior to 2009, residents of Brooklyn and Queens were given the chance to enjoy the Macy’s fireworks show on the East River, and watch bright colors and designs splash in the sky in celebration of the day that America gained independence.

No longer do residents of these areas enjoy the opportunity, for the July 4 fireworks show has been moved from the East River to the Hudson three years ago.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Senator Dan Squadron, Councilman Stephen Levin, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz have united to campaign for the return of the Macy’s fireworks show to the East River waterfront, and have even put together an online petition for residents to sign.

“There’s no tradition we love more in Brooklyn than gathering on our rooftops and waterfront for the fireworks,” said de Blasio at a press conference in Brooklyn Bridge Park. “We look forward to sitting down with Macy’s to find a way to bring the show back to the East River, where more New Yorkers can be a part of it.”

According to de Blasio, Macy’s was to move the fireworks show to the Hudson for only one year in 2009, to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage and his exploration of the New York area. However, de Blasio said that the show should have returned to the East River immediately in 2010. He said at the press conference that the absence of this show leaves more than 50 percent of New Yorkers out of the July 4 celebration.

“On the Hudson river, there are several advantages, but the truth is, many of the boroughs in New York City are left out,” said Squadron at the press conference. “We don’t want the fireworks to permanently leave the heart of New York City.”

Squadron and de Blasio said that they and Markowitz will meet with Macy’s executives to pressure them to commit to bring the fireworks back home to the East River.

De Blasio also put together a petition to help “turn the lights back on” for the 4.7 million residents of Brooklyn and Queens, urging Macy’s not to leave these communities “in the dark,” on July 4.

You can sign the petition here.

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  1. What’s the problem? For a small sum of $200 a person can get a front row view on the Hudson “Public” gone “Private” Park. 

  2. We can build a wall separating us from New Jersey while annexing the Statue of Liberty of course. We can have a few good men guarding it. They shall be known as the Jersey Watch. They will take vows of celibacy and they will guard the wall till they die. They will not let any Wildlings throu… I mean Jersey People through the wall. Winter is coming. Winter is coming.

  3. on July 4th we are going to the CYCLONES game and then we will watch the FIREWORKS in Coney Island from our lovely seats inside the ballpark so Blech to Macy’s… 

  4. Breezy Point in Queens will have fireworks on Friday, July 6, but us Brooklynites can see them from Plumb Beach.

  5. Do you think this is a game? One wonders which side of the
    wall NYC would be on. “Tear down this wall Mr. Gorbachev”, am I just another
    brick in the wall, in the wall of sound Phil Spector made for a Wall Street that
    never sleeps, and where many have their back against the wall when talking to a
    wall is like talking to a wall and yes winter is coming and so are the clowns,
    send in the clowns, don’t bother their here and in Albany and Washington. Is
    100 degrees too hot?

  6. I also prefer the fireworks over the East River, but the Hudson is really no big deal – I can’t see them from home anyway, and if I’m going to travel to see them, what difference does it make if I have to take the train into Manhattan?

    News to De Blasio: The 4.7 million residents of Brooklyn and Queens can still see the fireworks.

  7. There is nothing more awe inspiring than fireworks ovaer the Brooklyn Bridge.  It is a New York thing.



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