Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Scenes From Spectacular Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration Seen From Roosevelt Island - More Tickets Needed For Residents Next Year

The view of 2017 Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration from Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park was fantastic last night. Here's the spectacular finale

and some more scenes of the festivities.

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People starting lining up to exchange their tickets for wristbands at 5 PM (including many arriving via the Tram and subway).

to get prime viewing spots.
Here's more of yesterday's Macy's July 4 Fireworks as seen from Roosevelt Island.
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Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Cecilia shares this message regarding difficulties some residents had in obtaining July 4 tickets from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) online registration system.
Dear Community,

Last Thursday I emailed president of RIOC Ms. Susan Rosenthal the responses I collected about families' frustration and requests about fireworks viewing, and on Friday I got to speak with her over the phone.

She explained that they had to set up such procedure and number limit because Four Freedom Park is a state park, and they even tried to remove some waterside structures to maximize the number of people allowed in the park. She is sympathetic that not all who wished to go could, however they have to ensure the safety of all those who did get tickets, e.g. if any emergency happens, emergency vehicles should be able to move around easily, and/or people should be able to evacuate quickly enough.

As to the online ticket claiming, they had an outside contributor to manage the process and she thinks that it is likely that a lot of people were getting it all at the same time in the first few minutes.

I also asked about how many standby tickets are, and whether they can have a separate area for family with small children, and she replied that the number will depend on the number of ticketed folks who actually come to the event. Also because of that it's not easy to set up separate spots for standby tickets. (We can however still submit it for their consideration for future events.)

She also invites all residents to continue submitting requests and suggestions and they will do their best to accommodate next year and beyond....
It was a great Roosevelt Island fireworks show. Hopefully, next year more Roosevelt Island residents will be able to attend.