Macy’s Fireworks to include Lady Liberty

Hoboken gets Fireworks again – Waterfront Safety should be a concern

Hoboken411 speculated earlier if the 2011 Macy’s Fireworks were moving south.

The answer is yes & no.

Yes because a large display will be set up near the Statue of Liberty – and no – because the display will be larger than ever – including the Hoboken, NJ waterfront!

This could pose a very issue for Hoboken, since most of our uptown waterfront is in shambles. Be Patriotic at your own risk!

2011 Macy’s Fireworks Celebrate Statue of Liberty’s 125th Birthday

“Freedom will ring, thunder and boom this summer as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®, the nation’s largest display of patriotic firepower returns to celebrate Independence Day. An awe-inspiring spectacle of color, light and sound will rumble over New York City on Monday, July 4th at 9:00 pm, as Macy’s dazzling celebration ends the holiday with a bang. With more than 3 million live spectators and millions tuned in nationwide, the Hudson River will be the showcase for more than 40,000 fireworks that together will ignite the sky for the nation’s 235th birthday party.

“Macy’s 35th annual fireworks display will once again dazzle millions of New Yorkers and a national television audience like never before, as a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors and jaw-dropping effects stretch for two miles across the Hudson River,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “Building on 34 years of success, we will ignite the skies of New York City with the nation’s largest fireworks display celebrating Independence Day, as well as the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.”

“This year especially, we are keenly aware that our freedoms are hard-won gifts that we can never take for granted,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “And there’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a New York tradition that’s as great as America itself – the Macy’s annual fireworks show. The pyrotechnic displays dazzle us and fill us with immense pride for our country and city. They also remind us that fireworks are best left to the professionals – so please don’t try to set your own off at home. It’s illegal and unsafe.”

Gift of Freedom, the theme of this year’s pyrotechnic spectacular will pay special tribute to the 125th Anniversary year of the Statue of Liberty that for generations has served as a beacon of hope and freedom for millions. “Since 1886, the Statue of Liberty has proudly stood in New York Harbor at the gateway to the American Dream,” said Bill Schermerhorn, creative director of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “This year’s show will reflect both the united pride of our nation and the variety of our dreams, with light-hearted celebratory songs, and emotional patriotic standards. It’s a birthday celebration for all of us.”

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The starting point for any Macy’s Fireworks show is the musical score to which the pyro spectacular will be choreographed. Featuring beloved Independence Day standards such as God Bless America and The Star Spangled Banner, the score this year will also feature some of the hottest pop songs of our times including hits from stars Taio Cruz, Everclear, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry and LeAnne Rimes. In addition, Broadway stars Anika Noni Rose and Karen Olivo will pay tribute to the “Lady in the Harbor” with a bilingual rendition of the original song Gift of Light.

The 35th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will fire more than 40,000 pyrotechnic shells during a 25-minute synchronized display. Designed in collaboration with SOUSA Fireworks, the show will be set off from six barges positioned on the Hudson River, stretching from 20th to 55th Streets. This wide spectrum covering two miles of sky, allows Macy’s Fireworks to produce dazzling effects which reach heights of 1,000 feet, providing magnificent views to more spectators from water’s edge to towering skyscrapers. With an average of 1,600 shells launched per minute, Macy’s Fireworks are sure to draw thunderous cheers from the gathered crowds.

Independence day revelers from coast-to-coast will also have a front row view of the pyro in the sky by tuning to NBC’s national broadcast of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular beginning at 9:00 PM (check local listings). In addition to the pyrotechnic splendor, the 4th of July’s most popular entertainment broadcast will feature a star-studded line-up of performances by the nation’s hottest recording artists.


Final location for Macy’s Fireworks still not known

Will Hoboken be shut out in 2011?

For the last two years (20092010) Hoboken had the fortune of having “front row seats” for the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

However, this year – the final location has yet to be revealed. Two weeks ago, Macy’s applied for permits in the Upper Hudson Bay – which might mean either they’re completely re-locating the show south – or have other plans for multiple spots surrounding the city. The final announcement is expected in mid-May.

I would reckon they may have considered Hoboken’s dangerous and crumbling waterfront – to avoid having to deal with any issues with large crowds gathering near our potential death & lawsuit zone.

Regardless of where the fireworks will be displayed – I’d recommend that the city completely restrict access to any pier uptown on July 4th.

Imagine if the road collapsed last year? My God!

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Boom Boom!

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Mama Luke

Don’t worry, Hoboken’s entire police force of 20 cops will be on duty for the 10’s of thousand of spectators. LOL

Angry Bird
Angry Bird

Honestly, you are not going to see me anywhere near a compromised pier with hundreds/thousands of people on it. This is a flat out stupid idea. If something happens, I will not call it a tragedy. I will call it a combination of negligent decision-makers and a stupid trusting public. Now THAT is sad.


Disaster waiting to happen if it’s near Hoboken again this year.


Liberty State Park has a lot more room for people to watch the fireworks. But the light rail was a mad house last time they were down there.