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DUMBO to Macy’s: We Want Our Fireworks Back!

Three years ago, Macy’s took their fireworks and headed west, much to the chagrin of DUMBO residents and businesses alike. DUMBO leaders, sick of waiting, rallied yesterday at Brooklyn Bridge Park to demand their return. Officials leading the charge included State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Stephen Levin, the DUMBO Improvement District and DNA.
“New York’s Fourth of July fireworks should be a citywide celebration. Instead, the millions of New Yorkers who live in Brooklyn, Queens, and the East Side of Manhattan are kept out of the party, while we send visitors and business to New Jersey. That simply makes no sense,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

“You can’t get better than a slice of Grimaldi’s and East River fireworks.  DUMBO is the perfect backdrop for an epic firework display and has so much to offer to firework enthusiasts for a full night of celebration,” said Alexandria Sica, Executive Director of the DUMBO Improvement District. “Brooklyn deserves an awesome spectacle! It’s a shame to let the Hudson have all the fun.”

The 2009 switch to the Hudson River was intended to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s journey up the river. There have not been Fourth of July fireworks displays on the East River for the last three summers, limiting the number of Brooklynites who can enjoy the fireworks and sending visitors and business to New Jersey instead of into more New York City communities.

Macy’s response was cagey, stating “While the show will be on the Hudson River this year, Macy’s Fireworks will continue to take place in and around all of New York City’s waterways, and will not be a permanent fixture in any one location. Exclusively limiting the show to any particular area would greatly hinder the creative freedom that has made it the nation’s best and largest Independence Day display.”