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Crews are putting the finishing touches on the annual Macy's Fourth of of July fireworks display, but this year, the show is moving back to the East River. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

From the Hudson to the East River, the Macy's Fourth of July firework display is getting a whole new look—and sound.

"We are really embracing the patriotic nature of the Fourth of July and all the music that you are going to hear that accompany the fireworks are true classics. "America the beautiful," "This Land is Your Land" and of course, the "Star-Spangled Banner." And we are working with some incredible artists this year. The Charley Daniels Band, Billy Porter and Indina Menzel," said Amy Kule, the show's executive producer.

The iconic Brooklyn Bridge will serve as the show's center piece.

"We are going to use it to highlight a lot of the show. You are going to see some beautiful chasing effects across the span of the bridge. We are going to use the tower to great effect and we are going to create this really special waterfall that is rainbow colored and is going to come down in between those two towers," Kule said.

The show has been on the Hudson River for the last few years.

This year, it's moving to the other side of Manhattan, giving designers the challenge of working in a much narrower space.

"By using what we call a high def look—I call it "whack and splat"—you project from the water upward and then whack across the top of that so it is a more up close and personal experience. Much different than you would see when you are out on the Hudson River where it is 3,000 feet wide," said production designer Gary Souza.

And along with a new location, there will be some new effects too.

"This year, you are going to see a wink in the eye in the happy face. So look for that because it is not in all of them. And then we have some diamonds, these cube patterns and a very interesting circle and layers of circles and intertwining circles, jelly fish with whistling tentacles, an octopus, and we are going to have a beautiful butterflies that have antennas that will wink."

The preshow kicks off at 7:45 p.m. with an NYPD flyover and FDNY fire boats spraying colorful water, but the main event starts around 9:20 p.m. Friday.

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