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Each year, the Macy's July 4th Fireworks Display illuminates the night sky in New York City. For the past few years, the locations have changed from the East River to the Hudson River. This year it will be seen from the Hudson River off the West side of Manhattan.
The fireworks event started in 1958 and became an East River tradition in 1976. Each year has a different theme. The 2011 theme is "Gift of Freedom." The fireworks are set off from six barges that are positioned between 20th and 55th Streets on the Hudson River. These strategic positions give viewers plenty of sky area to see the 40,000 shells that will be exploded. A musical score will accompany the explosions, featuring recorded pop music from different artists, as well as a number from two Broadway performers.
The display will start at approximately 9:20 PM and will last 26 minutes. Of course, you want to pick out your viewing spot in advance and get there early (at least by 5:00 PM if you want to get a good spot) so that you'll be sure to have a "front-row" seat at this spectacular way New York City celebrates our nation's freedom.
Bring food, water, and whatever else you'll need to make your wait more enjoyable, but if your container or bag is large, expect to have it subjected to a security check. That's all right, though, because we want everyone to have a safe, fun time at the 2011 Macy's July 4th Fireworks Display.