Mumford, N.Y. -- The Genesee Country Village and Museum's Fourth of July celebration will get off the ground, thanks in part to Macy's.
The museum plans to launch a Civil War-style manned observation balloon, but feared a helium shortage would flatten those plans.
Monday, the museum announced retailer Macy's has come through with a donation of 50,000 cubic feet of helium.
That means the Intrepid will be flying high July 4, as planned. The Intrepid is a replica of balloons Union soldiers manned to guide artillery against Confederate positions.
The museum turned to Macy's because of the helium-filled balloons featured in its annual Thanksgiving Day parade.
Macy's says its help is fitting because the store was founded during the Civil War era.