A day before the Macy's fireworks show, elected officials held a press conference at Brooklyn Bridge Park calling for the spectacle to return to the East River, where it had been a tradition until 2009.
That year Macy’s moved the show to the Hudson River from the East River, effectively making it unwatchable for residents in Brooklyn and Queens.
Macy's moved the show to honor the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage and simply never brought it back to the original location on the opposite side of the city.
“New York’s Fourth of July celebration should be a citywide celebration,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “Yet year after year, millions of New Yorkers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan’s East Side are left out while we send visitors and business to New Jersey.”
“Not only has the move from the East River to Hudson limited the number of New Yorkers who can enjoy the display, but it is also sending business out of state as well,” added Councilman Stephen Levin.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said the fireworks show should be made accessible to as many New Yorkers as possible.
“The outer boroughs aren’t an afterthought, they should be the main event,” said de Blasio. “It’s time the city put the fireworks where the most New Yorkers can actually enjoy them.”
De Blasio said he would support a plan to alternate the fireworks show between the Hudson and East rivers beginning with the return of the show on the East Side of Manhattan next year.
There had been earlier talks regarding the possibility of adding a smaller fireworks show over the East River while still having the Hudson River show, however they went nowhere.
“It was a great New York Experience,” said 20-year Greenpoint resident Ward Dennis. “The fireworks belong on the East River.”