A fireworks display across New York state on Tuesday evening celebrated almost all COVID-19-related restrictions on businesses, gatherings, and masks being lifted, 15 months after the worst of the pandemic brought much of the state’s economy, recreation, and society to a standstill and killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers.
All state-mandated restrictions have been lifted after reaching a vaccination rate of 70%. After more than a year, epidemic safety measures have been developed in aspects of daily life in New York. But on Tuesday, the state announced a major change: Almost all restrictions on businesses and social gatherings are being lifted.
To celebrate the milestone, there was a coordinated fireworks display across New York Tuesday evening to celebrate and honor essential workers. Displays were held in Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton, and Nyack; in New York Harbor; at Niagara Falls; at Lake Placid; and at Jones Beach on Long Island.
Landmarks like the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and Niagara Falls were also lit in blue and gold.