NEW YORK (WABC) — The Macy’s 4th of July fireworks are returning to the Hudson River this year for the first time since 2013. Macys says the “display will feature thousands of shells and an array of effects from barges positioned along the Hudson River with multiple viewing opportunities in Manhattan between West 14th and West 34th Streets and in New Jersey.” After lighting up the East River for decades, the fireworks shifted to the Hudson River in 2009. It was supposed to be a one-time change celebrating the 400th anniversary of the explorer Henry Hudson’s arrival in these parts, but Macy’s then staged the fireworks on the Hudson for four more years, through the 404th anniversary. The move prompted increasing outcry from outer boroughs, and when Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, the fireworks were back on the East River, where they have been since. At the time, de Blasio called returning the fireworks to the East River “a priority” as it ensures “many more New Yorkers” could can view them. However, New Jersey residents lost their cross-state benefit. Now, the decision to move the fireworks back to the Hudson River has come with some fireworks of its own. “It’s not fair, it should stay in New York, you know, at least, and give the most value to the to the New Yorkers,” said Long Island City resident Ivonne Azurdia. “And I don’t I don’t see why they would move it. You know, I’m sure everyone in Long Island City is going to be a little bit upset about that.” However, Macy’s says that the show is for everyone. “We love all of our residents of New York City, this is Macy’s gift to New York City and America,” said executive producer Will Coss. “Each 4th of July, we’re spreading the love. We’ve been on the east side for quite some time. We look forward to sharing the show this year with our West Side residents.” During the last decade period, Jersey City’s fireworks show grew in prominence, giving the Garden State its own show. “New Jersey is proud to celebrate Independence Day this year with a dazzling display of fireworks planned in collaboration with our neighbors across the Hudson,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “For the first time in recent years, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up our sky above the Hudson River. We are excited to work with Mayor Adams and Macy’s to view the country’s largest Independence Day celebration from our backyard as we commemorate 248 years of nationhood.” ———- * Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts Have a breaking news tip or an idea for a story we should cover? Send it to Eyewitness News using the form below. If attaching a video or photo, terms of use apply.

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