Big bangs! Brooklyn celebrates Fourth of July fireworks spectacular

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Blast off: Crowds gathered at Brooklyn Bridge Park to take in the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display, which launched thousands of explosive shells from the span and from barges in the East River.
In awe: A couple watches the spectacle in awe at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The fireworks colored the night sky red over Brooklyn Bridge Park.
An onlooker captures the fireworks on her phone.
Winston Allen, left, and Rick Latouche show off their patriotic colors ahead of Macy’s fireworks show in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Patriot: Alex Blue made the trip from Manhattan to see the fireworks up close, adding that he has gone to every Fourth of July display since he was a kid.
The People’s Fireworks: Coney Island had its own celebration of America’s birthday.
Alexandria Rotali celebrated the day with her young ‘uns Jamere and Jabril.
Fun times: Paul Blackwell holds his son August, 2, ahead of the fireworks.
Kendu And Kimra Outlaw enjoy the festivities on the Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island.
Costa and Mariah Kikkinos enjoyed the celebrations in Coney Island with Olive, 5, and Willow, 3.

Brooklyn had a blast!

Patriots traveled far and wide to take in the nation’s largest fireworks display in Kings County, which one Big Apple resident admitted had the best views in the city.

“I wanted to see the fireworks up close and personal,” said Alex Blue, who watched the pyrotechnic display from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 with his friends.

The 43rd Annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks erupted from the Brooklyn Bridge and nearby barges in a half-hour pyrotechnic bonanza beginning at 9:20 p.m., stunning thousands of onlookers around Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo.

All-in-all, the department store launched a whopping 70,000 shells from the 136-year-old span and barges, proclaiming it the largest Independence Day fireworks show in the nation.

The Macy’s show has delighted Brooklynites for generations, and Blue, who has been a fan of the July 4 fireworks show since the 80s, said this latest display didn’t disappoint.

“I like to celebrate the United States’ birthday,” he said. “I was born and raised here, and I like to represent.”

For those who didn’t want to shoulder their way through hundreds of thousands of July 4 revelers, Coney Island offered a more modest beach-front pyrotechnics display, which proved the perfect capstone to a day of fun in the sun, according to one Bay Ridgite.

“Macy’s is more of a hassle with small kids and the crowds, with Coney Island, you can have a beach day, sit on your blanket and watch the fireworks,” said Paul Blackwell, who drove down to the People’s Playground with his wife Julie and boys Ellis, 5, and August, 2, both of whom had a great time building sandcastles during the day and taking in the spectacular celebration after the sun set.

“Ellis and August love the beach, so the fireworks were just like a bonus on top of that,” Blackwell said. “They were mesmerized, they were staring at the sky gobsmacked and didn’t want it to end.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 1:42 pm, July 8, 2019
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Chad from Brookyln says:
MERICA my dudes that's what I'm talking about. This gave me the MERICAN SPIRIT let me tell you. I looked out my window and saw a bald eagle flying and trust me bois it was majestic as all can be. Anyway I hope everyone is good and all and GG GG Taylor if you're out there I miss you broski
July 10, 2019, 10:39 pm

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