Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks Returning As City Continues On Road To Reopening

There's a bright spot on the road to reopening -- the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks will return next month. This comes as health care workers push to vaccinate more New Yorkers ahead of the holiday; CBS2's Ali Bauman reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: Meanwhile, there is a bright spot on the road to reopening. The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will return next month.

MAURICE DUBOIS: This as health care workers push to vaccinate more New Yorkers ahead of the holiday. CBS 2's Ali Bauman live on the East Side tonight with more. Ali.

ALI BAUMAN: Maurice and Kristine, come July 4th, thousands of pyrotechnics will shoot off from five barges in the East River. The mayor says this fireworks show is possible because so many New Yorkers are vaccinated, but even more need to be vaccinated before the city can have its full comeback. The world-famous Macy's 4th of July fireworks are coming back to the Big Apple.

REGGIE SNIPES: It's always a good time of the year to get around friends and celebrate.

ALI BAUMAN: Last year, Macy's scrapped its main show amid the pandemic for several smaller fireworks events, but this year, city hall says with more than eight million vaccine doses given citywide, the show can go on.

WILL COSS: Our 25-minute spectacle will salute the hero within, highlighting American bravery and optimism.

ALI BAUMAN: Thousands of spectators will watch from designated viewing areas for those who are vaccinated and those who are not.

JASMINE GREENBLATT: Macy's fireworks is like off the hook, so it's big. It's great, so definitely, I'll be watching it.

ALI BAUMAN: Jasmine Greenblatt grew up watching the show with her father each year.

JASMINE GREENBLATT: Hopefully, everybody gets vaccinated, and things get back to normal.

ALI BAUMAN: Thursday, about 50 people were vaccinated at the pop-up site inside Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Harlem.

JOHONNIUSS CHEMWENO: And so the church here at Rendall Presbyterian Church did a great job by creating a space, where here in the church, it's a trusted environment.

ALI BAUMAN: The CEO of the Medical Group which ran the site says not having to wear a mask has been an incentive for these vaccine latecomers.

JOHONNIUSS CHEMWENO: We also see that just the length of time that the vaccines have been on the market has also garnered some more trust in terms of people's ability to trust the information that they're receiving.

ALI BAUMAN: Thursday, Moderna announced it has formally asked the FDA to expand emergency use of its vaccine for 12- to 17-year-olds. Meantime, an FDA advisory panel also met to discuss the use of the COVID vaccine in young children.

DR. MARK SAWYER: I'm pretty sure we're going to need the pediatric component of immunity to create the herd immunity we need.

DR. CODY MEISSNER: We don't know if we're doing no harm.

ALI BAUMAN: The 4th of July fireworks will also be returning to Coney Island this year. The mayor has not said exactly how many people will be allowed at these events, but more details are expected in the coming weeks. For now, we're live on the East Side, Ali Bauman, CBS 2 News.

MAURICE DUBOIS: Ali, thank you.