The spectacular Macy's July 4th fireworks display in New York City is moving across town today. To celebrate the 400th Anniversary of explorer Henry Hudson’s voyage of discovery aboard the Dutch vessel, The Half Moon,” Macy’s will stage the nation’s largest 4th of July fireworks display over the Hudson River instead of the East River this year.
Information from the Macy's website:
"American River," the theme of the 33rd annual Macy’s Fireworks will give
more than two million spectators and millions of viewers nationwide America’s
most spectacular showcase of brilliant colors, jawdropping effects and
thunderous sound.The patriotic revelry will feature approximately 40,000 shells
exploding in a kaleidoscope of color at a rate of more than 1,500 per minute.
The 26-minute display, designed in collaboration with SOUSA Fireworks, will be
set off from six barges positioned between 24th and 50th Streets on the Hudson
River giving New York City residents a stunning front row seat to America’s
biggest Independence Day party. "
Since we will not be able to view the fireworks display from Brooklyn or lower Manhattan this year, my husband and I decided to stay home and have our own celebration. I made our favorite blueberry tart yesterday and I added some fresh raspberries from the raspberry bush I have growing in a large pot in my backyard. Served with a little vanilla ice cream on top we will have an edible version of "red white and blue" for dessert.
I hope everyone who celebrates today has an enjoyable and safe celebration of the 233 year of our Nation's Independence!
"America! America! God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea! "