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Excellent news: This year's July 4th fireworks will look pretty normal

More details coming soon.

Written by
Anna Rahmanan

To the delight of all New Yorkers, Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced that, following last year's "pop-up shows," next month's Macy's July 4 fireworks will look much like what we're used to seeing. Hoorah!

"Obviously, things are moving in the right direction to be able to have something much more like we’ve had historically, but we still have to be smart about it and we have to structure it for this kind of transitional moment we’re in," the politician said during a press conference announcing the news earlier today. "[The fireworks will] definitely [be] much more like what we've had before than what we experienced last year, but we'll have a fun announcement on it soon."

Last year's festivities had to account for social distancing measures and other COVID-19-related perils, which is why the annual Macy's event happened in the span of four separate nights across the five boroughs and details regarding each shindig were kept under wraps until just a few hours before each show. But there's no use in rehashing past events now, is there? We're just super excited at the thought of being able to enjoy our summer in New York like we always have.

Speaking of summer: other quintessential local events are gearing up for "normal" gatherings as well. Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating contest is happening in-person again, for example, as is the iconic Mermaid Parade. There's more: the Queens Night Market will make its official return this month and the Tony Awards are finally moving forward as well. Oh, and most importantly, our very own Time Out Market in DUMBO is welcoming guests once more!

New Yorkers: ready or not, this very special, much-anticipated and needed summer is almost upon us. Ready to enjoy it like only we know how?

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