The Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Curated By Usher, With Performances By Mariah Carey & Tim McGraw

The 37th Annual Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular curated by Usher, with performances by Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez.

The show starts at 8pm EST and will first have the artists performances and after that, the greatest fireworks display in America. More that 40,000 fireworks will light up the sky, synchronized to a 25-minute, hand-picked score. You won’t want to miss this.

The fireworks show can be seen from any are with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. There are four badges  positioned in the Hudson River between 24th street and 42nd street. For the best spots, head to the 12th avenue below 59th street at the following access points along  11th avenue.

Access points:

24th Street    26th Street    27th Street

29th Street    33rd Street    34th Street

40th Street    42nd Street    44th Street

50th Street    52nd Street    54th Street

56th Street    57th Street

Macy’s says you won’t want to miss the lights show during the last 5 minutes of the fireworks finale if you’re near the Empire State Building.

Parking will not be available in the area, so it is recommended to leave your cars at home. NYC transit will run increased Subway service before, and after the fireworks. Bus service near the fireworks will be rerouted, with extra trips available after the event.

Use public transportation and buy round-trip fare with MetroCard to avoid long lines after the fireworks. visit mta.info to plan your trip.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

 

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Several injured by turbulence on American Airlines flight to Miami

Two flight attendants were hospitalized Tuesday and a handful of passengers treated for minor injuries after turbulence slammed into an American Airlines flight bound for Miami International Airport.

The Boeing 757 with 185-passengers onboard took off from Aruba for Miami at around 3:30 p.m., said American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said.

Some 30 minutes from Miami, Flight 1780 experienced 15 seconds of severe turbulence. The jolting ride threw around the flight attendants and passengers.

The plane finally landed safely at 6:06 p.m. at MIA, where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue workers were waiting, Miller said.

The passengers were treated at the gate, and the two flight attendants were taken to local hospitals.

The Miami Herald Reports.

GMA’s Nine Things You Never Knew About the Fourth of July

Sparklers? Check. Head-to-toe red, white and blue outfit? Check. Pocket-sized Declaration of Independence? Heck yes.

The Fourth of July may be known for its stellar picnics, fabulous fireworks and heavy doses of patriotism, but what about the coincidental deaths and jumbo-sized gifts that have also marked America’s 236 birthdays?

If the Fourth of July had a greatest hits reel, this would be it.

1776: Pomp and Parade, Two Days Late

America’s second president John Adams is notorious for his love of Independence Day. But if you ask Adams, the country has gotten the date wrong for the past 236 years.

Adams wrote that July 2, the date the Second Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Britain, not July 4, the date Congress’ president John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, should be “the great anniversary Festival.”

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3, 1776. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

At least he got the pomp and parade part right.

1826 and 1831: The Death of a President (or Three)

For America’s first five presidents, the Fourth of July was not only a celebration of their great achievement, but it was also, apparently, a prime day to die. Three of America’s first five presidents died on Independence Day.

John Adams, the second president, and Thomas Jefferson, the third president, were bitter rivals throughout their political careers, but nearly twins in their deaths. They died hours apart on July 4, 1826, Adams at age 90 in Massachusetts and Jefferson at age 83 in Virginia.

James Monroe, the fifth president, also died on July 4, five years after Adams and Jefferson in 1831. The 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on the Fourth of July in 1872.
1863: Vicksburg Victory

After one month, 15 miles of trenches, countless battles, near-constant bombing, Confederate Gen. John Pemberton surrendered to Union forces at Vicksburg, Miss. That surrender, on July 4, 1863 would mark a turning point in the Civil War, when the scales tipped in the North’s favor.

The South did not surrender for another two years. The town of Vicksburg refused to celebrate the Fourth of July for the next 81 years.

1870: Congress Makes It Official

It took nearly 100 years for Congress to make the Fourth of July an official holiday, despite the widespread celebrations that had been ringing in America’s birthday since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

Boston was ahead of the national curve, becoming the first city to designate the Fourth a city-wide holiday in 1783. That’s the same year Gov. Alexander Martin issued a state order making North Carolina the first state to officially celebrate U.S. independence on July 4.

 

1884: A French Birthday Present, Size XXL

The United States got what may be the country’s largest physical birthday present on July 4, 1884, when the French presented it with the Statue of Liberty. It took four months to assemble the 151-foot-tall statue, which was shipped from Paris in hundreds of pieces.

While the statue was intended to commemorate America’s centennial, it was not formally dedicated until 10 years after the fact, when President Grover Cleveland held a Statue of Liberty ceremony on October 28, 1886.

In other 1884 news, miners in Swan City, Colo., blew up their local post office on Independence Day because the town did not supply them with fireworks.

 

1912: The Fourth Goes Global

It may be America’s birthday, but the United States isn’t the only country that celebrates it. Denmark started throwing a Fourth of July bash in 1912 after thousands of Danes emigrated to the United States.

Thousands of Danish Americans and U.S. military personnel stationed in Europe celebrate Independence Day at the annual outdoor festival in Rebild, Denmark. The Danish tourism office bills it as the largest Fourth of July celebration outside the United States.

Former presidents such as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush have been keynote speakers at the celebration, as have other famous Americans like Walter Cronkite and Walt Disney, according to the Rebild National Park Society.
1938: Federal Employees Rejoice

Congress officially declared July 4 a federal holiday back in 1870, but it took them nearly 70 years to give federal employees a paid day off. July 4, 1938, was the first Independence Day that federal employees picnicked, barbequed and fireworked without denting their paychecks.

 

1998: A Presidential Premonition?

The current president’s first-born daughter, Malia, was born on the Fourth of July 14 years ago. For the past three years she has celebrated her birthday with hundreds of military families at a picnic on the White House lawn.

Also in 1998, Congress passed a bill declaring the 21 days between Flag Day and Independence Day as “Honor America Days,” encouraging Americans to celebrate their country for nearly a solid month. No more feeling guilty about throwing a barbeque and lighting sparklers every night in June.

 

2011: 21st Century Problems

Three presidents have already died on Independence Day and last year hackers tried to trick Twitter users into thinking President Obama had become the fourth.

Hackers broke into Fox News’ Twitter account and fired off six tweets declaring Obama had been shot and killed in Iowa. In reality, the president was barbequing at the White House.

The Secret Service investigated the tweets and Fox, after regaining control of its Twitter password, promptly declared them “malicious” and “false.”

IGNITE THE NIGHT is TONIGHT! See The Fireworks Live on the Hudson River in NYC or on NBC

You’re invited to IGNITE THE NIGHT, at America’s biggest firworks display! Don’t miss this year’s show live on the Hudson River in New York City or on NBC, Tonight 9PM EST.

The 36th annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks returns on the west side with an awe-inspiring display of patriotic firepower. This year’s extravaganza, “Ignite The Night” will feature more than 40,000 fireworks expertly synchronized to a dynamic 25-minute score that includes a mix of beloved standards and the hottest pop favorites that America voted for!

Exciting performances by

Katy Perry

Global superstar whose two albums have generated a string of #1 hit singles and multi-platinum sales during the past four years. The special edition Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, available now, features 3 new songs including “Part of Me,” her 7th Hot 100 #1, and “Wide Awake,” written for her forthcoming 3D film, Katy Perry: Part Of Me, in theaters July 5th.

 

 

 

Kenny Chesney

One of country music’s biggest stars, Kenny Chesney has produced more than 30 top ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. With his unique blend of confidence and vulnerability, this award-winning singer is sure to wow at this year’s Fireworks show. Chesney’s latest album, “Welcome to the Fishbowl,” drops June 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macy’s Confirms 4th Fireworks Will Be On The Hudson Again

This year, Macy’s Fireworks will take place on the Hudson River with barges positioned between 18th and 48th Streets providing 2 miles of public viewing space. While the show will be on the Hudson River this year, Macy’s Fireworks will continue to take place in and around all of New York City’s waterways, and will not be a permanent fixture in any one location. Exclusively limiting the show to any particular area would greatly hinder the creative freedom that has made it the nation’s best and largest Independence Day display.