The Fourth of July is here, and while 2018 may seem pretty different from recent years, there is still one thing that isn’t changing yet: that today is for fireworks.
No matter where you are in the US, chances are you’re in spitting distance of some kind of fireworks show — here in LA tonight you’ll be able to look in pretty much every direction and see some fireworks going off — but if you want to check out what will no doubt be the biggest of all the country’s big fireworks shows you’ll probably want to check out the action above the East River in New York City.
That show, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks display, will be one of the few fireworks shows you can watch even if you aren’t nearby, because the festivities will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. EST and 5 p.m. PST.
The show, featuring fireworks shot off from seven barges in the East River just south of Roosevelt Island, will also include a performance of “God Bless America” by Kelly Clarkson.
But she’s not the only music star who is showing up for the two-hour event. The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show will also see performances by Ricky Martin, Black Shelton, Brandon Victor Dixon and Keith Urban. The whole thing will be hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila and Matt Iseman.
Since the show will be broadcast on NBC, that means that you can catch it over the air, on cable or an equivalent streaming service like Sling and DirecTV Now, or streaming on NBC.com or the NBC app. You will need a TV provider login for the NBC.com and NBC app streams, however.
The Macy’s show on NBC won’t be the only televised fireworks show tonight. PBS will also nationally televise a fireworks extravaganza from Washington, D.C. at the same time as the New York show, though it will not, of course, be quite so star studded. But it’s there if you want it.