The first of three nights of July 4 fireworks lit up the skies of Coney Island Monday night, across from the red, white, and blue Steeplechase Parachute Jump as its back drop.
The Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show is being spread out in smaller displays over three nights to keep crowds lighter and socially distant because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fireworks were also launched from the East River near Long Island City, Queens, with no public announcements to again keep crowds from forming to watch the extravaganza.
The Coney Island light show began at 10:15 p.m. and ran in five minute spurts. The displays will be done in each borough sometime between June 29 and July 1 — with a grand finale that will air July 4 on NBC. That broadcast will feature a conglomeration of the smaller shows, but also a live fireworks display along with musical acts.
The times and locations the fireworks scheduled the next two nights have yet to be revealed, but officials say the fireworks barges will be in view of anyone who is out at that particular hour.