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NYC: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks


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On Monday, July 4, 2011, Macy’s will present the 35th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks to celebrate the nation’s 235th birthday. This year is also the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. 40,000 fireworks will light up the sky around Lady Liberty and along the Hudson River in New York City.

The theme of this year’s celebration is Gift of Freedom. It will be the nation’s largest fireworks display celebrating Independence Day, and reflecting on the united pride of our nation and the variety of our dreams. The Statue of Liberty, the Gift of Freedom, has been a beacon of hope of freedom at the gateway to the American dream in New York Harbor. Anika Noni Rose and Karen Olivo will pay tribute to Lady Liberty with a bilingual rendition of the original song “Gift of Light” during the celebration.

Macy’s will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a tribute in light.

To view the show live, consider arriving at the West Side Highway by 5 p.m. from 22nd to 59th Streets. There will be security checks and a heavy NYPD presence so travel light.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will also be broadcast live on NBC at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. CST). The event will be hosted by Nick Lachey from NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and feature performances by Beyoncé and Brad Paisley. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks is a great way to cap off the holiday weekend.

-Abigail Ekue

About The Author:

Abigail Ekue is an author, blogger and photographer based in New York City. Her work focuses on most things related to the body: health, fitness, nutrition, food, body image, sex, dating and relationships. She is the author of two books, The Darker Side of Lust and Exhaust Pipes. She shares her brand of life experience backed by scientific knowledge in a real-world way through her fiction, personal essays, workshops and her advice column, "Ask Abbie". Her photography speaks to the voyeur in everyone, is body-positive and sex-positive. Her editorial photography captures the energy of events she covers. Abigail is the Founder of Native Creative Concierge™ where she immerses her clients into New York City through private excursions, photography, food, events and social networking. As a New York Native, she has a finger on the pulse of the ever-changing city and many of the people that make New York what it is.

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