Fireworks across New York celebrate the end of COVID restrictions

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Fireworks launched from a barge explode over New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty as New York and other cities around New York state recognize a rate of 70% for single dose vaccinations against the COVID-19 virus, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in New York. Celebration of the milestone was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Firework displays went out across New York at approximately 9:15 p.m. to celebrate the end of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, which were officially lifted Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Cuomo made the announcement after the CDC reported 70.0% of New Yorkers age 18 or older have received at least the first dose of a vaccine. That was the threshold Cuomo said would trigger the relaxing of most restrictions. The CDC says 50.3% of all New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.

The following areas displayed fireworks on Tuesday evening.

Niagara Falls

  • Fireworks from Niagara Falls State Park

Rochester

  • Fireworks from Rochester Dome Arena

Syracuse

  • Fireworks from NYS Fairgrounds

Utica

  • Fireworks from downtown Utica

Albany

  • Fireworks from Empire State Plaza

Other cities hosting firework displays were Binghamton (Binghamton University M Lot), Lake Placid (Lake Placid Club), New York City (New York Harbor), Nyack (Memorial Park), Buffalo and Wantagh (Jones Beach State Park).

Additionally, the following landmarks were lit in blue and gold in honor of reaching the milestone:

  • Empire State Building
  • One World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station

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