Macy’s is set to kick off six nights of fireworks shows across New York City Monday night — but Big Apple residents won’t be told exactly where or when the pyrotechnic launches will take place.
Organizers of the show, dubbed “Macy’s Fireworks — Reimagined,” worked with city officials to hide the whereabouts of the display in what they say is an effort to stop throngs of people from gathering to watch the explosion of lights as the city fights the coronavirus outbreak.
The daily secret shows will continue through the Fourth of July on Saturday, when the final show we be broadcast on NBC, the company said in a statement.
“Each show is brief and will be over before residents can gather at its source,” said the retail giant, whose flagship 34th Street store was looted amid social unrest in the city earlier this month.
“The displays will be launched from one or two land or water based locations over the course of the week-long celebration covering every borough of New York City.”
But the idea have drawn some criticism from local officials, who pointed out the city has been overrun with illegal firework shows for about a month.
“My constituents are extremely concerned abt the Macy’s fireworks,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wrote in a tweet.
“There are already surprise fireworks shows in our neighborhoods, to the distress of people who have PTSD & pets. To have a 6 day traveling surprise fireworks show in the midst of a budget crisis doesn’t make sense,” she added.
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