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Macy's starts six nights of Fourth of July fireworks in New York with display off Long Island City

Macy’s on Monday launched the first of six nights of fireworks displays to celebrate the Fourth of July with a brief pyrotechnics display that was launched unannounced off Long Island City and nearby areas along the East River to limit crowd capacity and promote social distancing during COVID-19. 

The five minute shows will be repeated nightly until the July 4th holiday from locations to be disclosed just before the shows. 

An announcement about Monday’s show came via Twitter.

‘In celebration of the 4th of July, a 5-minute Macy’s fireworks display will occur tonight btwn 9 – 10 PM & may be seen or heard in parts of LIC, Roosevelt Island, & along the East River in Manhattan,’ the tweet said.

‘Spectators are encouraged to continue following safety& social distancing measures. are encouraged to continue following safety& social distancing measures.’ 

The strategy, city officials say, will help to contain the coronavirus from spreading after New York made progress battling the outbreak.

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Macy's on Monday launched the first of six nights of fireworks displays to celebrate the Fourth of July with a brief pyrotechnics display that was launched unannounced from Long Island City to limit crowd capacity and promote social distancing during COVID-19

Macy’s on Monday launched the first of six nights of fireworks displays to celebrate the Fourth of July with a brief pyrotechnics display that was launched unannounced from Long Island City to limit crowd capacity and promote social distancing during COVID-19

The five minute shows will be repeated nightly until the July 4th holiday from locations to be disclosed just before the shows.

The five minute shows will be repeated nightly until the July 4th holiday from locations to be disclosed just before the shows.

A dazzling scene of popping fireworks is pictured over the city

A dazzling scene of popping fireworks is pictured over the city

The Manhattan skylne is seen with fireworks exploding overhead

The Manhattan skylne is seen with fireworks exploding overhead

Spectators are pictured snapping pictures of the colorful display over Manhattan

Spectators are pictured snapping pictures of the colorful display over Manhattan

Spectators are pictured watching brilliant plumes of light during the show

Spectators are pictured watching brilliant plumes of light during the show

There were moments of fireworks on top of fireworks during the display

There were moments of fireworks on top of fireworks during the display

At one point the show was almost blinding as rockets blasted over the city

At one point the show was almost blinding as rockets blasted over the city

A shower of blue light matched the colors of the Empire State building

A shower of blue light matched the colors of the Empire State building

An array of colors was visible between the Empire State and Chrysler buildings

An array of colors was visible between the Empire State and Chrysler buildings

The displays, which are supposed to be visible from anywhere in the city, also come after Mayor Bill de Blasio faced strong criticism for failing to get illegal firework displays under control.

A task force has since been created to help clamp down on a surge in illegal fireworks use. 

The show that kicked off Monday set fireworks at a ‘high elevation, unannounced’ to prevent people from gathering to watch them.

Macy’s and de Blasio’s office said the unusual celebration was a tribute to the city, which has endured so much during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘In reimagining this year’s show, the idea of bringing elements to many parts of our hometown resonated with our team and partners in the City of New York,’ said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show.

De Blasio added: ‘These past few months have been some of the most difficult in our city’s history, and New Yorkers are looking for a break. 

‘This 4th of July Celebration with Macy’s will give all New Yorkers a safe and exciting way to enjoy the holiday together, even when we are apart.’ 

The display week comes as New York battles a surge in illegal firework detonation. 

Authorities are forming a new law enforcement task force to try to curb a surge in their use.

Spectators on the boardwalk in Coney Island also could see fireworks Monday night

Spectators on the boardwalk in Coney Island also could see fireworks Monday night

Couples are pictured enjoying the show from Coney Island

Couples are pictured enjoying the show from Coney Island

NYPD cops are pictured taking in the show from Coney Island

NYPD cops are pictured taking in the show from Coney Island

De Blasio said Tuesday that the team – made up of New York Police Department officers, fire department investigators and sheriff’s deputies – will use undercover buys and other methods to try to cut off the supply chain of fireworks coming from out of state.

Social media videos have shown a growing number of people setting off fireworks on city streets in recent weeks. 

There has also been a spike in noise complaints of fireworks exploding throughout the night.

A view of the fireworks could be seen from Manhattan's west sided (pictured)

A view of the fireworks could be seen from Manhattan’s west sided (pictured)

A crackling spectacle is pictured behind the city's skyline

A crackling spectacle is pictured behind the city’s skyline

A spectator in Brooklyn watches on as the smoke clears after the end of the show

A spectator in Brooklyn watches on as the smoke clears after the end of the show

‘We’re cracking down on this activity at the source to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers and the ability of our neighbors to get some sleep,’ de Blasio said in a statement.

Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, has told people not to call 911 about fireworks. 

He said they should go out themselves to find and confront those who are shooting them off rather than get police involved.

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