Macy’s Prepares For Independence Day Fireworks Show


macys-fireworks-july-4For anyone who thinks the 35th annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show will be nothing more than a barge and few barrels of gunpowder, one fireworks designer says you couldn’t be more wrong, Jay Dow reports.

“Setting up the Macy’s show takes me five different computer programs to get to the point where we’re ready to fire the show,” explained Gary Souza, Vice President of Pyro Spectaculars By Souza. “Because we have to test the fireworks. We test them, we time them. How long does it take them to get up into sky? How long do they stay in the sky?”

Technicians have been hard at work for almost two weeks making sure all 40,000 digitally-assigned fireworks fire on queue tonight.

The 25-minute display, the largest of its kind in the country, begins at 9:20 p.m. Around 3 million spectators are expected.

Producers said when they moved from the East to the Hudson River, the extra space allowed them to double the size of the show.

The best viewing spots will be found on 12th Avenue below 59th Street and at the following access points along 11th Avenue: 24th Street, 26th to 30th Streets, 34th Street, 40th to 44th Streets, 47th to 52nd Streets, and 54th to 57th Streets.

Show producer Amy Kule said the meticulous preparations pay off every year, and ultimately result in a better show for everyone.

“When the show is going off, you’re thinking about just anything that you could have done differently, and you’re making those mental notes,” she said.

You can listen to the fireworks simulcast at later tonight.

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