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Planned but unannounced fireworks displays begin this week

This year Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will launch through a series of smaller unannounced displays in every borough of New York City for residents of the area to enjoy without creating crowds during the pandemic.

This comes after multiple Hudson County residents have complained about late-night noise as illegal fireworks have been set off throughout the county leading some municipalities to create police task forces to curtail the noise.

From Monday, June 29 through Saturday, July 4, Macy’s fireworks displays will be set off unannounced on select evenings across New York City.

“We will not announce the location and timing of the shows in advance,” states the celebrations’ websites. “To encourage and support COVID-19 safety and social distancing efforts, and mitigate the advance gathering of large crowds for an extended period of time, we have chosen to delight New Yorkers with unannounced displays across the five boroughs this year.”

Each five-minute display will feature Macy’s signature pyrotechnic scale with thousands of shells reaching heights of up to 1,000 feet. Each show is brief and will be over before residents can gather at its source. Staying close to home and following safe social distancing guidelines is the best way to enjoy the show. The displays will be launched from one or two land- or water-based locations over the course of the weeklong celebration.

On July 4 from 8 p to 10 p.m. NBC will show the Fourth of July fireworks display with a choreographed musical score featuring a mix of pop and patriotic anthems celebrating New York City’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also include a special salute to the United States’s front-line workers.

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