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 social distancing guidelines remaining in effect, this year’s broadcast will look a little different than past years. But the show will go on, both for individuals located in New York as well as those tuning in from afar.
Below, FN answers everything you may want to know about the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display.
How to Watch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
While there typically is only one night of fireworks, Macy’s is spreading things out this year amid the pandemic. For those located in New York, expect 5-minute fireworks displays across the five boroughs occurring on several days leading up to and including July 4. Those outside of the city can tune into NBC on Saturday, July 4 to watch the broadcast, which will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT.
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Who Is Performing?
This year, John Legend is headlining the show. The EGOT winner will be featured on a new arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” set to a golden mile of fireworks. Additionally, fans can expect a salute to front-line workers from Mayo Clinic surgeon Dr. Elvis (“Lean on Me”). Both performances will feature additional vocals from the Young People’s Chorus of NYC.
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 Jennifer Lopez, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan and Hailee Steinfeld.