2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the event that has been celebrating Independence Day annually since 1976
This year marks the 40th anniversary for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Though the iconic brand first lit up the sky with their fireworks display in 1958 along the New York Harbor, the event did not become an annual celebration until 1976, when they paired up with the Walt Disney Company to celebrate the United States’ 200th birthday.
It wasn’t until 1991 that the event became broadcast on national television as the ‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,’ airing on WPIX until switching to NBC in 2000. Today the event prides itself on being the largest Independence Day pyrotechnic show in the country.
To celebrate this milestone, Macy’s will once again light up the sky above the East River, launching from four barges in Midtown Manhattan and one below Brooklyn Bridge near South Street Seaport, launching over 52,000 shells throughout the 25-minute show. The convenient location makes the display visible for those in western Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan’s east side.
Check out Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks over the years and if you’re in town, be sure to catch the spectacular event at any one of these ideal viewing locations. The show starts at 9:25 p.m. so wherever you choose to watch from, be sure to beat the crowds and get there early.
- History of Macy’s Fireworks [Macy’s]
- Where to Watch NYC's July 4th Fireworks [Curbed]
- The Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Will Return to the East River [Curbed]