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NYC and Macy's celebrating Fourth of July with series of 'unique' fireworks shows citywide

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 13:30:59-04

NEW YORK — New York City and Macy's are teaming up for a unique Fourth of July celebration while the city continues to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday announced that instead of one big show like in years past, Macy's and the city will bring smaller fireworks displays to all five boroughs in a series of shows between Monday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 1.

In an effort to avoid large crowds gathering, de Blasio said the city will release information about each show "very close to the actual moment" they happen.

These lead-up displays will last just about five minutes each. "Brief but mighty," the mayor said. "You'll know this is a professional, beautiful show."

A special finale event will air July 4 on NBC using the best moments of the fireworks displays from across the city, as well as musical performances, celebrities and more.

The mayor said the night will end with "something very special" from the top of the Empire State Building.

"Every July fourth the fireworks display is something people look [forward] to all year round here in the city, and it's actually looked at all over the nation, all over the world," de Blasio said.

The mayor noted that this Independence Day will take on added meaning. "We've all been through so much."