Macy’s is set to kick off six nights of fireworks shows across New York City Monday night where pyrotechnic launches will take place in the Big Apple.
Organizers of the show, dubbed “Macy’s Fireworks — Reimagined,” tweeted the locations of where New Yorkers can watch the firework display one hour before the show in an effort to stop throngs of people from gathering to watch the explosion of lights as the city fights the coronavirus outbreak.
“In celebration of the 4th of July, a 5-minute Macy’s fireworks display will occur tonight btwn 9 – 10 PM & may be seen or heard in parts of LIC, Roosevelt Island, & along the East River in MN. Spectators are encouraged to continue following safety & social distancing measures,” tweeted NYC Emergency management.
The daily shows will continue through the Fourth of July on Saturday, when the final show we be broadcast on NBC, the company said in a statement.
“Each show is brief and will be over before residents can gather at its source,” said the retail giant, whose flagship 34th Street store was looted amid social unrest in the city earlier this month.
“The displays will be launched from one or two land or water based locations over the course of the week-long celebration covering every borough of New York City.”
But the idea have drawn some criticism from local officials, who pointed out the city has been overrun with illegal firework shows for about a month.
“My constituents are extremely concerned abt the Macy’s fireworks,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wrote in a tweet.
“There are already surprise fireworks shows in our neighborhoods, to the distress of people who have PTSD & pets. To have a 6 day traveling surprise fireworks show in the midst of a budget crisis doesn’t make sense,” she added.