As it’s been noted, the prime Queens fireworks waterfront viewing spots were rendered useless on Friday, since Macy’s moved the barge further downtown towards the Brooklyn Bridge for what seems to be controversial reasons.
Macy's jilts the Queens waterfront out of the usual fireworks display
...LIC spends a whole week preparing for this one day of the year where the neighborhood gets flooded with people. For many LIC businesses, the 4th of July is the single highest grossing day of the year. Since we’re not a bustling shopping hub, Christmas-time tends to deplete the neighborhood, instead of boost business. So all LIC really has right now is the fireworks. For this reason alone, we’re giving this topic some attention, as it’s unknown if the barges will return to their old spots.