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De Blasio Says NYC 4th of July Celebrations Will Go on, in Some Fashion

The mayor says he spoke to the CEO of Macy's and some kind of show will go on despite the coronavirus

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New York City has already cancelled most of the summer's major attractions due to the coronavirus, but one thing is apparently still going to happen -- the city's annual 4th of July celebrations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he had spoken to the CEO of Macy's, the sponsor of the city's annual fireworks show, and they agreed to put on a show of some kind this year.

"We don't know exactly what it's going to look like yet. There's a lot of things we're going to have to work through. But what we know for sure is, this wonderful show will go on," the mayor said in a video he tweeted Wednesday morning.

Earlier this week the mayor said the city was cancelling permits for events in May and June, including a number of mass-gathering parades like Pride, Puerto Rican Day and Celebrate Israel.

And while there will be some kind of fireworks on July 4, where and how is still to be determined.

"We have to do it in a way that's safe and smart," the mayor said at his daily news conference.

The city's path to doing anything like the annual celebration remains through tracing and testing, and even doubling testing efforts to 40,000 per day falls far short of the rate in the hundreds of thousands that they would need to do such an event.

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