Macy*s Fireworks on the Hudson!

6/15/2009 Update:

Yes, fireworks on the Hudson!

Here’s a friendly reminder that on July 4th – the Macy*s Fireworks will be held on the Hudson “to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage to what would become New York.”

Some say that as many as 50,000 people will flock to the waterfront in Hoboken! This is enough concern to our local police department, that they’ve reached out to the Newark Police department for mutual aid (according to NJ Statute NJSA 40A:14-156).

While this isn’t a “alcohol event” like St. Patrick’s Day – Can you imagine how NUTTY Hoboken will become??

5/4/2009:

The best reason to stay in Hoboken on the 4th!

I have to say – that Hoboken residents are extremely fortunate to have a practically front-row seat to the world-renowned Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular this year!!

Attention Shore House People: plan to stay in Hoboken this 4th of July weekend – or you’ll be missing out! (and my oh my – will Hoboken business not be loving this? The number of visitors coming to town will be out of control!!!)

Macy's Fireworks will be on the Hudson on July 4th, 2009

Macy's Fireworks will be on the Hudson on July 4th, 2009

To commemorate Henry Hudson

“The nation’s largest 4th of July fireworks display returns to the Hudson River to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® pyrotechnic splendor returns to the Hudson River for the first time since 2000 to celebrate America’s birthday with the nation’s largest 4th of July fireworks display. On Saturday, July 4, at 9:00 PM, Macy’s will create a showstopper like no other to honor the country’s independence and to kick off the 400th anniversary of the exploration of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson. American River, the theme of the 33rd annual Macy’s Fireworks will give more than two million spectators and millions of viewers nationwide America’s most spectacular showcase of brilliant colors, jawdropping effects and thunderous sound.

Fireworks will launch from 24th to 50th Streets

Fireworks will launch from 24th to 50th Streets

The patriotic revelry will feature approximately 40,000 shells exploding in a kaleidoscope of color at a rate of more than 1,500 per minute. The 26-minute display, designed in collaboration with SOUSA Fireworks, will be set off from six barges positioned between 24th and 50th Streets on the Hudson River giving New York City residents a stunning front row seat to America’s biggest Independence Day party.

“The Hudson River is where Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks was born,” says Robin Hall, executive producer, Macy’s Fireworks, “and we’re excited to return this year to be part of New York City’s larger celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage of discovery aboard the Dutch vessel, The Half Moon.”

Before becoming an annual tradition beginning in 1976, Macy’s Fireworks debuted in 1958 on the Hudson River and previously held a special event marking the 350th Anniversary of the voyage of Henry Hudson with a spectacular show in 1959. A half-century later, Macy’s Fireworks are returning to the Hudson to continue to celebrate the eternally fascinating story that culminates with the founding of New Amsterdam and to kick off the City’s NYC400 summer celebrations, which culminate on September 13th with Harbor Day.

Maxwell Place will be a decent place to view the Macy's Fireworks!

Maxwell Place will be a decent place to view the Macy's Fireworks!

“The people of the Netherlands are extremely pleased to see the commemorative return of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks to the Hudson River in honor of Henry Hudson’s discovery and New York City’s 400th birthday,” said Renée Jones-Bos, the Dutch Ambassador in the USA. “It is a symbol of a long-standing friendship between two strongly tied nations, which share the open-mindedness of those Dutch-American pioneers. We are two countries, but one spirit, united by values, history and a vision of the future.”

This year’s big bang on the West Side will be expertly synchronized to a rousing score featuring patriotic standards, classic river-themed works and original music. The legendary New York Pops, under the direction of Steve Reineke, will perform the musical score that features classics from Proud Mary to God Bless America, as well as the original composition American River Suite written by Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty and Macy’s creative director William Schermerhorn.

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63 Comments on "Macy*s Fireworks on the Hudson!"

oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

I’m not sure how it will all transpire tonight, but I have to say that I am really impressed so far with the planning that has been done in Hoboken for all of this.

Street closures have been decently publicized. Food, bathrooms, first aid is all being set up, and all kinds of safety precautions are being taken. Cops and security guards will be working and on alert.

I’m impressed.

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

Gotta say, came into town around 7p, and it was GREAT. Clear, no back-ups anywhere, but cops in place guiding the traffic anyway, justin case it did get backed up. So thrilled and a bit weirded out that it was so smooth via Holland Tunnel approach.

The crowd by Maxwell Place park, to and from, was very well-behaved.

Well-done, city!

In response to oceanbloo who said:
I’m not sure how it will all transpire tonight, but I have to say that I am really impressed so far with the planning that has been done in Hoboken for all of this.

Street closures have been decently publicized. Food, bathrooms, first aid is all being set up, and all kinds of safety precautions are being taken. Cops and security guards will be working and on alert.

I’m impressed.

bmacqueens
Member

14th street piers blocked off? That sucks, but if Applied owns it, I guess it is their prerogative. I wonder what they’re doing with the spaces?

emarche
Member

Also: not really sure what I just saw, but something sketchy was/is going down on/around the 14th Street pier. We took a walk out to the end of the pier tonight and when we got to the end, a small raft with an outboard motor and two riders came whizzing along out of the darkness. No lights except for a flashlight held by one of the riders and as they passed the pier, some guy tossed a phone to a woman and ran back to corner of 14th + Hudson, where I think he’s still standing. The boat continued south. Very sketchy.

emarche
Member

They will be checking proof-of-residency and photo ID for people who are driving uptown and who try to use the parking garages uptown.

bsrm
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bsrm

Here’s the bus info I found on njtransit.com, in case anyone else is interested:

On July 4 between 4 p.m. and midnight, NJ TRANSIT bus service along the Waterfront may be subject to detours and delays due to local road closures and congestion. A list of bus routes that may be impacted is provided below. Customers traveling during this time should expect delays and detours. Certain bus stops near the fireworks viewing areas may be inaccessible.

No.84/86 (Nungessers – Newport Mall) Expect delays.

No.85 (Mill Creek – Hoboken) Expect delays.

No.80 (Jersey City – Newark Ave. – Exchange Place) Expect delays.

No.87 (King Drive – Hoboken Terminal) Expect delays.

No.89 (North Bergen – Hoboken) Expect delays. Detours possible in Hoboken.

No.126 (Hoboken – New York) Expect delays. Detours possible in Hoboken.

No.158 (Fort Lee – New York) Expect delays and detours.

No.159 (Fort Lee – New York) Expect delays.

No.165 (Westwood – New York) Expect delays and detours.

No.166 (Dumont – New York) Expect delays and detours.

No.168 (Paramus – New York) Expect delays and detours.

No.181 (Union City – GWB Bus Terminal) Expect delays.

No.188 (River Road – GWB Bus Terminal) Expect delays and detours.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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