Cities from coast to coast will be celebrating the United States’ birthday with fireworks displays, but the biggest display in the country is Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, which will be broadcast live from New York City. So grab a slice of pie and a cold glass of iced tea and settle in for a two-hour special that’ll have you ooh-ing and ah-ing from the comfort of your couch. Here’s what you need to know:
When will this extravaganza take place?
July 4 (no way!) from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.
Where does it all go down?
Well, technically it takes place over the East River in New York City, but for television viewing purposes, your destination is NBC.
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Who will be there?
Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow, Charlie Puth, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, and Hailee Steinfeld have all been announced as performers. American Ninja Warrior cohosts Kristine Leahy, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, and Matt Iseman are set to host the 41st annual event.
The Macy’s creative team spent 12 months developing the music and enlisting musicians, including 70 singers from The West Point Glee Club, who will lend their dulcet tones to four anthems that celebrate American ideals.
How big is the display?
More than 40,000 fireworks will illuminate the night sky over Manhattan. The firework display lasts for 25 minutes, and the score features 10 songs from a variety of genres, including the very fitting medley “The Spirit of America.”