Good Morning and Happy 5th!
The Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular was just that. If you’ve watched the news this morning, you already know that this year’s display was the biggest in a decade, watched in person by roughly 3 million people and millions more via television.
A brief preview of the display:
OK, more in a bit.
For those of us who live on the East River, we are basically in lock-down after 3 PM, what with the security (the blessed, first-rate, THOROUGH security) on the streets and surrounding our buildings, not to mention the crowds.
For us, it’s an all-day affair, and I’m pleased to say I have documented – by camera – this most spectacular day.
First, the crowds. They started staking out their turf around 12:30 PM:
I must say that as the day progressed and the crowds grew, I was impressed that many were taking the sun seriously and brought cover:
Dermatologists everywhere should be proud!
The FDR Drive across the River in Manhattan was closed to all traffic, and they weren’t kidding!
Looking out on the water and the crowds, my event-planner radar went off when I saw this nearby:
Hightops! Hightops decorated in RED! That means…an EVENT is soon to take place!
Upon further inspection…
…I spied a food tent…
…covered dining area AND red, white and blue bunting to the left of the tent!
All that was missing were guests…
Oh, and while I was looking that way, I saw this little party forming in the building next door:
My, were they in for a treat in a few hours!
The best-in-the-world NYPD was out in force, making us all feel safe, as always!
Around 7:15 PM, the first barge carrying the fireworks arrived…
…and took it’s position:
I was a happy girl, and then I became even happier when I spotted BARGE #2 arriving!
Yes, I am an eternal child. What can I say? I LOVE FIREWORKS!!!
And THEN I saw a scene that truly warmed my heart: leisure craft dropping anchor near Roosevelt Island:
This may not look like much of a big deal, but it really WAS. Leisure craft have not been allowed this close to the fireworks display here on the East River since 9/11. When we first moved here and the world was a more innocent place, you could barely see the river because there were so many boats. Then security took over, and deemed it best that boats were not allowed this close. So, YES, this scene was a big deal!
The crowds had swollen, peacefully…
…and the barges were in place:
Then the best thing happened, just before the fireworks: The New York City Fire Department put on it’s own display, and it takes my breath away every time:
I love these folks, I really do.
Thank you, FDNY!
So, we are all in place…
…and welcomed the darkness:
Ready again? Good!
I have finally learned that some pictures are meant to be taken, and then you just have to live in the moment and put the camera down. So that’s what I did. (I am very proud of myself!)
So, the fireworks lasted half an hour, then it was time for everyone to cheer and head home:
Kinda like ants scattering, isn’t it?
What a great day!
This morning, I pulled open the shades a little after 6 AM, and this is what I saw:
Amazing! A cleanup crew worked all night, and the Park was pretty-near spotless:
Lovely! A new day, July 5th, has dawned, and Macy’s Fireworks for 2017 is in the history books. One of the best EVER!
Thank you Macy’s, and thank you New York City!