What to Know
- This year, Macy’s July 4 fireworks show will involve unique displays in each borough on different nights, with the finale on Independence Day
- The first show is on Monday but Macy’s won’t reveal the timing or location in advance; each show leading up to the finale will be about 5 minutes
- The finale, headlined by John Legend, will air on NBC from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4
Monday marks the first of six daily Macy’s fireworks shows to celebrate the Fourth of July, the first time the megaretailer has spread its dazzling displays over the course of a full week and in each of the five boroughs.
Apart from Saturday’s July 4 finale headlined by John Legend, though, no one knows exactly where each fireworks show will be. That’s by design. Macy’s has said it won’t announce the location or timing of its shows in advance, though New Yorkers are expected to be told of a general vicinity just before showtime.
“To encourage and support COVID-19 safety and social distancing efforts, and mitigate the advance gathering of large crowds for an extended period of time, we have chosen to delight New Yorkers with unannounced displays across the five boroughs this year,” Macy’s said.
According to Macy’s, each “brief but mighty 5-minute display” leading up to the July 4 finale will showcase its signature pyrotechnic scale. Thousands of dazzling shells will be fired per minute, with heights reaching up to 1,000 feet.
The finale will be longer and air on NBC Saturday night.
According to Macy’s, this year’s fireworks will feature a musical score that’s “a mix of pop and patriotic anthems celebrating New York City’s resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will air on July 4 on NBC (8-10 p.m. ET/PT, 7-9 p.m. CT/MT. For more, check local listings).
New York City is following through on its promise to celebrate Independence Day this year with Macy’s iconic fireworks show despite the coronavirus pandemic.