The 4th of July is almost here — and with the holiday comes barbecues, beach days, and, of course, fireworks.
Each year, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show draws millions of viewers, both in person and through a television broadcast. With COVID-19 restrictions lifting around the U.S., this year’s broadcast will look a little bit more like those of the past as “fully vaccinated” attendees will be allowed to watch in person in New York City, according to a press release.
This year’s festivities will kick off with a tribute to “American bravery and optimism” with a show filled with vibrant colors, bold lights, shapes and sounds. This year’s Macy’s Fireworks show will launch more than 48,000 shells and effects from five barges positioned on the East River centered in midtown.
Below, FN answers everything you may want to know about Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display.
How to Watch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
On July 4 at 9:25 p.m., Macy’s fireworks can be viewed from the comfort of your home that is in any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River in Midtown. As stated above, New Yorkers can also watch in person at public viewing locations that will be set up by the New York Police Department. Fully vaccinated spectators can view the show on “elevated portions of the FDR Drive in Manhattan with entry points at East 23rd, East 34th, and East 42nd Streets.”
Non-vaccinated viewers can watch along portions of the Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan waterfronts. If you’re not in New York, don’t fret. Viewers all over the country can tune in to NBC’s national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular” from 8-10 p.m. ET.
You can also turn your channels over to NBC for its national broadcast of the event from 8-10 p.m. or stream the show on Peacock.
Who Is Performing?
This year’s show will feature performances from some of the music industry’s biggest stars, including: Black Pumas, Coldplay, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire, and more. There will also be a showcase by Ray Chew, the musical director for “Dancing With the Stars.” The United States Army Soldiers’ Chorus will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” along with “Born in the USA,” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which features Kenny Lattimore and the Community Baptist Choir. Lastly, “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” will be sung by The Young People’s Chorus of New York City as well.
How Many People Typically Watch the Show?
Set against the backdrop of the New York skyline, the Macy’s fireworks show typically draws nearly 3 million in-person spectators, as well as 15 million through a television broadcast, according to the company.
How Much Does the Show Cost to Put On?
While Macy’s does not reveal information regarding the cost of the production, Fox Business estimates that the fireworks alone could cost $6 million, even at wholesale prices.
Who Has Performed in the Past?
In past years, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks have featured performances from some of the biggest names in music, including John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan and Hailee Steinfeld.