Brooklyn Boro

See Brooklyn’s Fourth of July fireworks

July 5, 2019 Paul Frangipane

An American flag cascaded down the Brooklyn Bridge, rainbows above and cheering crowds below, as the nation’s biggest Fourth of July celebration took to the East River.

Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

The 43rd annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display returned to south of the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time since 2014, with more than 70,000 shells from four barges and 100 spots on the bridge itself, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

This year’s theme was “American cinema,” featuring scores from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars” and “The Godfather.” But from Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, no music could be heard over the explosions.

Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

“I love the show, and I always say I want to see it live; I don’t want to just always watch it on TV,” said Cheryl McKenzie, 48.

Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

The Flatbush resident came to the park by herself around 4:30 p.m. to get a good spot. She saw the fireworks in the park a few years ago with her family, but the crowds left them reluctant to return, so she decided to enjoy the show on her own.

Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

“When I came with my family, it wasn’t a good experience for them, so they didn’t want to come back,” McKenzie said.

Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

For Miriam Tirado, it was an opportunity to show her 13-year-old son what real fireworks shows are made of.

Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

“My youngest son, he wants to see the real deal,” she said. “It’s more for him than really for me.”

Leave a Comment


Leave a Comment