The coronavirus pandemic has already canceled or postponed many NYC events that are synonymous with summer -- the Gay Pride Parade, the Mermaid Parade, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Governors Ball -- but Mayor Bill de Blasio says 4th of July fireworks are one tradition that will still happen this year..."one way or another."
“There’s no day like the 4th of July, it’s special," said de Blasio at this morning's press conference. "Even if we have to do something different, we have to mark it in a very meaningful way, especially at this moment where everyone’s fighting shoulder to shoulder to get through this disease." De Blasio said that he'd spoken to Macy's CEO Jeffrey Gennette about it this week and a spokesperson for Macy's who said in a statement, “Since 1976, Macy’s Fireworks have lit the skies over many of New York City’s waterways and neighborhoods. Together with our partners in the City of New York, we are reimagining how to safely share the nation’s largest 4th of July fireworks show with America again this year.“