by John Russel Jones

The 46th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will once again cap off Independence Day with a big bang! On Monday, July 4th at approximately 9:25 p.m., Macy’s will begin its signature jaw-dropping pyrotechnic salute to America featuring a barrage of dazzling shells and effects that will captivate spectators live in New York City and on television from coast-to-coast. This year’s revelry will launch more than 48,000 shells and effects from five barges positioned between E. 23rd and E. 42nd Streets on the East River with prime viewing from three boroughs in New York City.

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“Macy’s Fireworks will once again spark joy and captivate millions as together the nation joins in celebration,” 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 a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and sounds, celebrating America’s diverse musical legacy, featuring a selection of genres that have inspired global culture.”

An annual New York City tradition since 1976, the show is conceived, designed, and produced by Macy’s with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza. The 25-minute spectacle is synchronized to a rousing musical score and will feature a host of shells and effects in 30 colors and shapes. New shaped effects that will wow spectators include tall hat, mushroom, and little snake shells, as well as tricolor interlocking rings and blinking smiling faces. This year’s design will launch on average more than 1,900 shells and effects per minute. A third of the total shells in this year’s show will showcase multiple effects bringing more pyrotechnic firepower to the festivities that will span a mile across the East River in a multi-layer presentation, reaching dramatic heights of 1,000 feet to the water’s edge.

This year’s musical score will showcase the dynamic diversity of America’s legacy. Ray Chew, famed musical director for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and the annual NBC broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, curated the score which features a selection of America’s unique musical genres that have inspired and captivated the world.

The Best Views

Beyond public viewing locations along the East River from Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan waterfronts (spectators are encouraged to check for the most up-to-date viewing information), the show may be viewed coast-to-coast by tuning to NBC’s national broadcast from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT, 7-9 p.m. CT/MT.

The show is sponsored in part by GoBowling, Green Giant, Jennie-O, New York Life, Ram Trucks, Sinclair Oil Corporation and is presented in partnership with the City of New York.

Sneak Peak

Fireworks fans can get a sneak preview at the magic behind the spectacle by enjoying a series of Macy’s Live episodes at Leading up to the big day, the Macy’s Fireworks team will showcase the inner workings of the pyrotechnic celebration. Visit for the programming schedule.

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