Macy’s will host light show on the Brooklyn waterfront for first time since 2009

Flashback! Fireworks to return to East River this July 4th

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Macy’s is finally doing the right thing.

After five years of holding its annual July 4 fireworks display on barges along the distant Hudson River, the retail giant is restoring the light show to its longtime home in Brooklyn’s front yard, Mayor DeBlasio announced today.

“We’re grateful to Macy’s for lighting our skyline every 4th of July — and I’m thrilled that, after years of working with Macy’s and my colleagues to make this a reality, the fireworks will return to the East River this year,” DeBlasio said, pointing out that New Jersey residents will no longer bask in the glow of the clothier’s largesse. “Now even more New Yorkers will get to take part in this extraordinary celebration, against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge, the harbor, and our skyline.”

The succession of dark nights on the United States’ birthday saddened Brooklynites and borough pols, who called on the city and the Big Cotton vendor to return the razzle-dazzle to its rightful place on the East River.

This year’s spectacle will include fireworks launched from the Brooklyn Bridge, according to Macy’s.

The pyrotechnic barges will be positioned along the river from below the Manhattan Bridge to alongside Brooklyn Bridge Park, organizers said.

The announcement was so momentous that it drew an appearance from former Borough President Marty Markowitz, who, newly employed as vice Brooklyn tourism czar for the city, joined current Beep Eric Adams and other pols around the podium on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

As for New Jersey, the state across the harbor is going to have to find its own flashy, big-spending benefactor, state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights) said.

“The big loser today is New Jersey,” Squadron said. “And I want to say to New Jersey, we hope you have a wonderful July 4th.”

— with Matthew Perlman

Nathan Tempey is a Deputy Editor at the Community Newspaper Group. Reach him at or by calling (718) 260-4504. Follow him at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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