Photo from the 2014 Brooklyn Bridge display, via Flickr cc
For the first time since 2014, Macy’s will move its Fourth of July fireworks to the Brooklyn Bridge, and this year’s display will “add three times more pyrotechnic firepower,” according to a press release, with more spectacular effects being set off across the entire bridge, as well as from four barges off the shore of the South Street Seaport District’s Pier 17. The 43rd annual event, the largest July 4th celebration in the nation, will see the launch of “tens of thousands of shells and effects.”
Spectators watching the Macy’s show in 2013 from Hoboken, via Anthony Quintano/Flickr
The nation’s largest 4th of July fireworks show is getting ready to light up the New York sky; Macy’s Fourth of July live fireworks extravaganza happens next Wednesday evening, and plans are being hatched to grab a spot at any of the city’s better viewing locations (or in front of a better TV) to watch the mesmerizing choreography of pyrotechnics that will sail skyward from seven barges along the East River. The 25-minute display, which will begin at around 9:25 p.m., will be Macy’s largest since the millennium celebration and will include over 75,000 shells. The numbers behind a show that actually impresses this seen-it-all city of nine million are as mind-boggling as you’d expect.
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The patriotic party-planners behind the Macy’s Fourth of July live fireworks extravaganza happening next Wednesday evening have made sure to provide their usual thorough and handy guide suggesting prime spots for experiencing the world-famous pyrotechnics show. Get the 411 on official viewing points and use the interactive neighborhood finder to make sure you’re well-situated when things go boom.
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Here’s a handy guide outlining some prime spots for experiencing Macy’s Fourth of July live fireworks extravaganza this Tuesday evening; in addition, the folks that put on the show have provided a helpful interactive neighborhood finder so you’re well situated when things go boom. Take a fun quiz here, then find out the best spots to watch from. Or just check out some prime spots here.
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When America celebrates her 240th birthday on Monday, Gary Souza will be marking the occasion in a very big way. As a fireworks designer for Pyro Spectaculars, he is responsible for creating and overseeing the wondrous fireworks that make the nation ooh and aah during Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. This year’s show will be Macy’s 40th annual production, a huge milestone for the department store, and will take place over the East River in Midtown and Lower Manhattan.
Pyro Spectaculars is a multigenerational family business begun by Manuel de Sousa after he immigrated from Portugal to the San Francisco area in the early 1900s. Over the years, the business has grown tremendously from creating small fireworks displays to a company that now spans five generations and is responsible for providing fireworks for some of the biggest names in the sports and entertainment industries, including the Winter and Summer Olympics, Super Bowls, Disney, and at concerts for icons such as the Rolling Stones. When it comes to Macy’s, Pyro Spectaculars has a 35-year collaboration with the store that has propelled the fireworks company to develop technology that allows for safer, more elaborate firework creations to come to life.
6sqft recently spoke with Gary to learn about the magnificence of fireworks, what it takes to produce the Macy’s show, and some of the exciting new elements at this year’s display.
Read the interview here