New York landmarks to be lit blue and gold, fireworks scheduled to celebrate end of COVID-19 restrictions

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Fireworks set off from the Canadian side light up the sky over Niagra Falls late July 3, 2016, part of the July 4th US Independence Day celebrations, in Niagra Falls, New York. / AFP / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images)

(WETM) – New York landmarks will be lit blue and gold and fireworks are scheduled to set off across the state in celebration of 70 percent of New York adults receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the end of COVID-19 restrictions, some of which have been in place for over a year.

“This is a momentous day, and we deserve it,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday during his announcement.

Firework displays will be held at 10 landmarks beginning simultaneously at 9:15 p.m. at the following sites.

  • Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12228
  • Binghamton University M Lot, 4400 Vestal Parkway E, Vestal, NY 13850
  • Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
  • Lake Placid Club, Lake Placid, NY 12946
  • New York Harbor
  • Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island Road, Niagara Falls, NY  14303
  • Memorial Park, 4 Depew Ave, Nyack, NY 10960
  • Rochester Dome Arena, 2695 E. Henrietta Rd, Henrietta, NY 14467
  • NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse NY 13209
  • Downtown Utica, 100 Whitesboro Street, Utica, NY 13502

The following landmarks will be lit in blue and gold tonight, June 15, in honor of reaching this COVID 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

“472 days ago, it was impossible to fathom that 70 percent of New York’s adults would have received their first COVID vaccination by this point. What felt years away has been accomplished in less than one,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we celebrate lifting restrictions and resuming our reimagined normal, we also reflect on the hard work of New York State’s essential workers and we remember those we lost. New Yorkers have always been tough, but this last year has proven just how tough they are. Congratulations, New Yorkers, on all that your hard work has accomplished.”

All state-mandated COVID restrictions are lifted, effective immediately, across commercial and social settings, including:

  • Sports and recreation
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Trade
  • Child care
  • Camps
  • Food services
  • Offices
  • Real estate
  • Buildings
  • Agriculture
  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Amusement and family entertainment
  • Personal care services
  • Gyms
  • Retail
  • Malls
  • Movie theaters

“Effective immediately, commercial, social, construction — all across the board, businesses are open,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Capacity restrictions, cleaning and sanitizing protocols are gone. It’s up to individuals and places. The CDC and federal guidelines are there for public transit and younger school grades.”

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