By Josh Rogers
No Virginia, there is no way to move the fireworks. On Monday, a short while after Brooklyn politicians rallied to bring the July 4th fireworks back to the East River, Macy’s said it would stay on the Hudson this year.
“Macy’s Fireworks will take place on the Hudson River with barges positioned between 18th and 48th Streets providing 2 miles of public viewing space,” Macy’s spokesperson Orlando Veras wrote in an email to reporters.
State Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose Downtown Manhattan-Brooklyn district straddles the East River, and Brooklyn Council Member Stephen Levin rallied April 2 in an effort to convince Macy’s to move the riverside display back east after a three-year stint on the Hudson.
They were joined in a press release by several Manhattan legislators including U.S Rep. Carolyn Maloney, East Side Assembly member Brian Kavanagh and Council member Margaret Chin who represents Lower Manhattan’s West and East sides. Assembly member Micah Kellner of the Upper East Side voiced his support on Twitter.
In the release, the pols disparaged the merits of the Hudson because it shuts out Brooklyn and Queens and drives people to New Jersey, but in response to tweets posted by West Side Spirit and Our Town, Squadron clarified and said he wanted the display to be on both rivers.
When asked if Macy’s would consider that, Veras did not respond, but he did hold out hope for East River fans in future years.
The fireworks “will not be a permanent fixture in any one location,” Veras wrote. “Exclusively limiting the show to any particular area would greatly hinder the creative freedom that has made it the nation’s best and largest Independence Day display.”
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