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NYC Fourth of July fireworks to be on the East River

May 20, 2015 Associated Press
Fireworks launched from the Brooklyn Bridge in the 2014 Fourth of July fireworks display. Photo by Rob Abruzzese
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New York City’s Fourth of July fireworks show will once again be on the East River.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Macy’s announced Wednesday that the fireworks will blast off from barges in two locations on the East River.

The celebration returned to the East River in 2014 after several years on the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey.

More than 40,000 pyrotechnic shells will be launched during a 25-minute display.

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“This year’s Fourth of July will be another great ‘East Side Story’ for New Yorkers,” said state senator Daniel Squadron. “Fireworks over the East River means more New Yorkers ‘own the night like the Fourth of July,’ as Katy Perry would say. I’m pleased to have worked with Mayor de Blasio and Macy’s to ensure these festivities can be part of the holiday for millions of New Yorkers. Hopefully they will be for years to come.” 

One barge will be south of the Brooklyn Bridge. There will be a group of four barges afloat near midtown Manhattan.

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