Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Prep

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Preps Well On The Way For Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks

June 28, 2018 - 1:38 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The big Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show is still six days away, but the setup has already been underway for days.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell was watching preparations on Staten Island Thursday.

The typical Macy’s show features 60,000 shells on six barges. This year, they have expanded to 75,000 shells on seven barges.

“It is going to be absolutely different from every Macy’s show we’ve had. We’re going to have the high, big, massive shells that we’ve had from four different barges, and this year we add in, between those four barges, three satellite barges,” said show designer Gary Souza.

Souza said the shells are being loaded into the mortars on Staten Island. The shells range in size from one to 10 inches.

“The 10-inch shells – some weighing up to 50 pounds – are going to go on up to about 1,000 feet in the sky, going to burst, and last, some of these, 12 seconds long – one firework,” Souza said.

A fireworks flag will be among the highlights, Souza said.

“Silver cascading stripes from below, bursting a thundering silver flash, red flash above that, and a blue flash above – one mile wide thunder flag,” he said.

Of course, is all set to music. Susan Tercero is the producer.

“We’ve got the 100th anniversary of Irving Berlin’s ‘God Bless America,’ which we actually have Kelly Clarkson will be performing, so that will be a really beautiful, impactful moment,” she said.

The show will be fired from the East River from 23rd and 40th streets.