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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be live from New York this year

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The 45th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks — America’s biggest Independence Day celebration — will once again be live from New York City on July 4, 2021.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
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Photo Credit Kent Miller

Ever since Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks first lit up the New York City sky in 1976, the annual tradition has continued to grow in scale and artistry. This year, Macy’s Fireworks show will thrill in-person spectators and a nationwide television audience as it salutes American bravery and optimism with a spectacular 25-minute pyrotechnic display of more than 65,000 shells and effects.

“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,” said Will Coss, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “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.”

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
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The 45th edition was conceived, designed, and produced by Macy’s with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza will ignite in sync with a patriotic musical score and feature shells and effects in dozens of colors and shapes, including eclipsing fans, triple linking rainbows, blue jellyfish with crackling tentacles, and red, white and blue waterfalls, creating dramatic effects a mile across the river and from 1,000 feet in the air to the water’s edge.

“The Summer of New York City is underway!” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “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.”

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Musical Score

The musical score salutes the spirit of optimism and bravery of the American people. It will include patriotic classics like “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful,” featuring guest performances from The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, and a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Broadway Inspirational Voices. The Macy’s Fireworks score will also feature superstar Tori Kelly performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel.”

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
Photo Credit Kent Miller

This tribute to everyday heroes will serve as the musical accompaniment to the signature Macy’s “Golden Mile” moment, 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.

Giving Back – Macy’s Salutes Those Who Serve

In addition to the patriotic tributes during the Macy’s Fireworks display, Macy’s and its customers nationwide are coming together for a charitable giving program to support active-duty military, veterans, and military families. From July 1-31, 2021, Macy’s shoppers are invited to round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the change or donate online to support Blue Star Families and Bunker Labs. One hundred percent of these donations will benefit both charities.

Viewing Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Spectators from coast-to-coast will be able to tune into NBC’s national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” on July 4, 2021, at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT; 7-9 p.m. CT/MT. The special will also feature performances from Black Pumas, Coldplay, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire, and more.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

The Macy’s Fireworks can be viewed in person from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River in Midtown, New York.

Public viewing locations will be available for verified fully vaccinated spectators on elevated portions of the FDR Drive in Manhattan with entry points at East 23rd, East 34th, and East 42nd Streets. In addition, ADA/Special Needs public viewing for verified fully vaccinated spectators will be accessible at the East 34th Street entry point. Public viewing for non-vaccinated spectators will be available along portions of the Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan waterfronts.

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