About the Show
NBC's 45th annual "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" tops off Independence Day with its world-renowned fireworks display and a cracking lineup of musical mega-stars. Tony and Grammy Award winner and star of Peacock's "Girls5eva" Renée Elise Goldsberry and star of NBC's "New Amsterdam" Ryan Eggold will host the star-studded event. Chart-toppers Black Pumas, Coldplay, Blake Shelton, Jonas Brothers, Marshmello, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire and more will light up the stage in advance of Macy's iconic fireworks display on the canvas of New York City's summer skyline.
The signature can't-miss event of the summer will broadcast live on Sunday, July 4 at 8/7c on NBC with an hourlong encore presentation at 10 p.m.
This year's Macy's fireworks show will launch more than 65,000 shells and effects from five barges positioned on the East River centered in midtown, delighting New York City spectators and a nationwide television audience. The 25-minute display will feature dozens of colors and shapes, creating dramatic effects a mile across the river and from 1,000 feet in the air to the water's edge. The musical score is the basis for the fireworks choreography and this year it salutes the hero within -- the spirit of optimism and bravery of the American people. Classics such as "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful," featuring guest performances from The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers' Chorus, mix with original instrumentals and a soaring rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by Broadway Inspirational Voices, creating a moving musical showcase for the pyro in the sky. The score for Macy's fireworks will also feature music superstar Tori Kelly singing a powerful rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the musical "Carousel."
For the first time in Macy's fireworks broadcast history, a spectacular drone light show will be featured. During the Jonas Brothers' performance, 350 drones will be included to honor Team USA as they prepare to depart for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The drones 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.
Throughout the evening, a series of uplifting personal stories called the "American Spirit" puts the spotlight on the everyday heroes who make this country so special. Olympians Allyson Felix, Simone Manuel, Tatyana McFadden and Jessica Long will join the special event to share their stories.
At key moments throughout the night, viewers will have the opportunity to donate to Red Nose Day in support of children and families facing hunger and food insecurity.
In an effort to create a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired viewers, NBCUniversal is proud to present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP), provided by Descriptive Video Works. This year’s broadcast will be available with additional audio narration, describing the rich visuals and performances of the annual special.
The "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" telecast is a production of Universal Television in association with Macy's. It is produced by Brad Lachman Productions with Lachman serving as executive producer. Bill Bracken is co-executive producer.
Lachman's credits include a variety of NBC specials, including the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" and "NBC's 90th Anniversary Special," in addition to "Michael Bublé's Christmas Special" for five holiday seasons.