Brooklyn Heights

Crowd gathers in Brooklyn Heights for July 4th fireworks

(Despite not being able to see the fireworks from there)

July 5, 2023 Mary Frost
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Despite signs saying that the Fourth of July fireworks would not be visible from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or Brooklyn Bridge Park this year, hundreds still gathered at these venues with their picnics, music and flags to celebrate the nation’s holiday.

In anticipation of the annual event, police blocked Cadman Plaza West and Old Fulton Street with NYPD vehicles. Clusters of police stationed along the Promenade and in the park expressed puzzlement and resignation about those gathered. 

“We tried to tell them where to see the fireworks,” one police officer told the Brooklyn Eagle. 

“They didn’t listen,” he added, shrugging.

This friendly vendor saw his opportunity to sell to July 4 crowds in Brooklyn Heights and took it. Eagle photo by Mary Frost
Brooklyn Heights resident Dr. Jon Berall gets into the July 4th mood. Eagle photo by Mary Frost
Others gathered in Brooklyn Bridge Park, hoping to see the fireworks. Eagle photo by Mary Frost
The mood was festive on the Promenade before the fireworks event (which could not be seen from the Promenade). Eagle photo by Mary Frost
A family has a picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 4. Eagle photo by Mary Frost
Signs along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade informed people the fireworks would not be visible from there this year, but some people didn’t get the message. Eagle photo by Mary Frost

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