Macy’s will be lighting up the sky on the Fourth of July! After last year’s Independence Day celebration was reimagined due to COVID-19, the 45th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be back live in New York City this time around—and it’s set to “highlight the hero within saluting American bravery and optimism.”
“As America commemorates Independence Day, we are thrilled to join the celebration with a spectacular Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display honoring the heroic spirit of our nation,” Will Coss, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, said in a press release. “Live from New York City, five barges positioned on the East River will launch an epic celebration that will inspire a renewed sense of hope and optimism among our fellow New Yorkers and viewers nationwide.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio added, “New Yorkers have worked hard to fight back COVID-19 and build a recovery for all of us. This summer, we can’t wait to reconnect with the iconic events that make our city great. These fireworks make us all proud to be New Yorkers and Americans, and I’m looking forward to a joyful and safe viewing this year.”
Before the biggest party in the USA commences, here is everything you need to know about the pyrotechnic display and how to watch the fireworks live!
How to watch Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on TV
NBC will air the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, hosted by Blacklist actor Ryan Eggold and Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry, on Sunday, July 4, starting at 8 p.m. ET
What time do Macy’s fireworks start?
The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:25 p.m. ET, but as mentioned above, NBC’s two-hour special coverage of the event kicks off earlier in the night at 8 p.m. ET.
Who are the 2021 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks performers?
Blake Shelton, the Jonas Brothers, Coldplay, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire, Black Pumas and Tori Kelly will be lighting up the stage during the broadcast. The JoBros will be joined by Marshmello for a performance of their new collab, “Leave Before You Love Me.”
For the first time, a drone light show will be featured to honor the world-class athletes of Team USA as they prepare to leave for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The drones during the Jonas Brothers’ performance “will collectively symbolize the unity and strength of Team USA – meeting together for the first time in the sky before Team USA gathers on the ground in Tokyo,” per NBC.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks tribute to heroes
This year’s musical score, which is the “basis for the fireworks choreography,” will salute the spirit of optimism and bravery of the American people, according to Macy’s.
The score will include “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” and feature performances by the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus as well as a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Kelly will also perform a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical Carousel. Macy’s noted, “This tribute to everyday heroes will be the heart of this year’s Macy’s Fireworks and will serve as the musical accompaniment to the signature Macy’s Golden Mile moment of the spectacle, where thousands of golden-hued shells create a dramatic cascade effect 1,000-feet in the air and more than a mile wide across the East River.”
The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will spotlight everyday heroes who make the country special during a series of uplifting personal stories, called the “American Spirit.” Olympians Allyson Felix, Simone Manuel, Tatyana McFadden and Jessica Long will share their stories.
How to watch Macy’s fireworks live in NYC
During Macy’s pyrotechnic extravaganza, more than 65,000 shells and effects will be launched from five barges positioned along New York’s East River near Midtown Manhattan. While New Yorkers can enjoy the fireworks in any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River, there will be public viewing locations managed by the NYPD.
Verified fully vaccinated spectators will be able to watch the display from “elevated portions of the FDR Drive in Manhattan with entry points at East 23rd, East 34th and East 42nd Streets. ADA/Special Needs public viewing for verified fully vaccinated spectators will be accessible at the East 34th Street entry point.” There will also be public viewing along portions of the Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfronts for non-vaccinated spectators.