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Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Special on NBC 2023: What to Know

Get ready for another dazzling year of fireworks and entertainment. 

By Christopher Rosa

For years now, a sacred 4th of July tradition has been the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks special. And this year, it's airing on NBC and Peacock

A standard for over 40 years now, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks special is a dazzling showcase of some of the greatest fireworks in the world — shot and sparkled over the New York City skyline. If you live in NYC, chances are you can find a spot to watch the fireworks in person. But if you don't — or you do and would just rather be on your couch for the holiday — NBC and Peacock have you covered. 

This special won't just feature fireworks, either. As the Macy's website promises, the televised event will include "serious star power" and "electrifying performances." Want to know more? You'll just have to tune in — and keep checking back to this article for details. 

Here's everything you need to know about the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks special: 

When and where to watch the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks special

Fireworks explode over the new York City Skyline

It's all going down on Tuesday, July 4, of course! 

Spectators from coast to coast will have a front row view of the enchanting display by tuning into NBC’s national broadcast of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks The fun goes down 8-10 p.m.
ET, with a repeat happening between 10-11 p.m. ET. The special will also be simulcast on Peacock from 8-10 pm ET. Check your local listings for more details.   

Where are the  Macy's 4th of July Fireworks located in New York City?

As Macy's writes on its website, "We’re launching our show from barges stationed along the East River near Midtown Manhattan."

“This year’s Macy’s Fireworks celebration will be nothing short of showstopping,” said Will Coss, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “Millions of spectators come together every year to witness the spectacular performance along the East River and we are ready to deliver a high-flying, jaw-dropping fireworks display that will fill the night sky with color, light, shapes, and thunderous sound. Paired with a score featuring American classics, this year’s celebration will honor trailblazers that have forged our past, present, and future.”

Can you buy Macy's 4th of July Fireworks tickets?

No! The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks special is a public event, and tickets are not for sale. 

This year's Macy’s Fireworks special  is produced by Macy’s with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza. The fireworks show itself will last 25 minutes,  and it's synchronized with a fabulous musical score. Expect to see well over 30 colors and shapes light up the sky. 

Who is hosting the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks special? 

Hot Wheels™: Ultimate Challenge’s Rutledge Wood and Access Hollywood and American Ninja Warrior's Zuri Hall will co-host.

Bebe Rexha, Ashanti, and Lainey Wilson

Who is performing on the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks special?

On June 22 it was announced that Ashanti, Bebe Rexha, Ja Rule, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, and LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip & The Roots would all be performing during the festivities.

The broadcast will also feature special segments starring Lopez vs. Lopez stars George and Mayan LopezQuantum Leap's Raymond Lee, Caleb McLaughlin, athletes Jordan Chiles, Konnor McClain, and Shilese Jones, and non-profit Dance to Unite.

Split image of Mayan Lopez with her dad, George Lopez, and Raymond Lee

“Every year this remarkable telecast manages to both inspire and awe audiences, lighting up the New York skyline with a fireworks display that’s second to none,” said NBCUniversal Entertainment and Streaming's executive vice president of live event and specials, Jen Neal, in a statement. “It’s this type of live programming event that unites us as a country and makes both our NBC and Peacock brands so unique.”

The story was originally published on June 14, 2023. It was updated on June 22, 2023.