Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Returns to the Hudson River for 2024

The annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks returns to the Hudson River for one of the largest Independence Day celebrations. NBC and Peacock will air the Independence Day special live at 8-10 PM ET. An abbreviated encore will follow at 10 PM ET/PT on NBC.

On Thursday, July 4, Macy’s will launch the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacle across the Hudson River, illuminating the New York City skyline through dazzling displays and pyrotechnics. Live spectators and viewers across the nation will be treated to a one-of-a-kind show featuring vibrant colors, shapes, light and sound. This year’s display will feature thousands of shells and an array of effects from barges positioned along the Hudson River with multiple viewing opportunities in Manhattan between West 14th and West 34th Streets and in New Jersey.

When it comes to the TV broadcast, four-time Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Mickey Guyton and Zuri Hall will serve as hosts.

Lainey Wilson, Luis Fonsi, Tanner Adell and The War And Treaty will take the stage ahead of Macy’s breathtaking fireworks display against the New York City backdrop.

“Year after year, this telecast never fails to inspire and awe, lighting up the New York skyline with a fireworks display that’s unmatched,” said Jen Neal, Executive Vice President of Live Events and Specials, NBCU Entertainment. “It’s this type of live programming event that brings us together as a nation, highlighting the distinctiveness of both our NBC and Peacock brands.”

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks telecast is in association with Macy’s. It’s produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay as executive producers.

PATRIOTIC SCORE
Inspired by Macy’s Summer’s Greatest Hits, this year’s custom 25-minute musical score will celebrate the season with summertime classics. Produced by Grammy and Emmy Award winner Jason Howland, the score will feature chart-topping musical talents, including Amber Mark, Brandy Clark and Mickey Guyton. Each will reimagine and remix iconic American tunes across a variety of genres and decades, interweaving patriotic anthems with contemporary hits.

SHOWSTOPPING SPECTACLE
Featuring more than 60,000 shells, the Macy’s Fireworks will showcase more than 30 colors and never-before-seen effects. Fired from five barges on the Hudson River, pyrotechnics will reach 1,000 feet and fall to the water’s edge.

The 2024 edition of the Fireworks will feature a custom-made effect that will debut in the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Featuring a silver cascading burst, Featuring a silver cascading burst, this never-before-seen firework will create a center kaleidoscope and alternating red and blue as it fills the sky. Additional effects including cross rings, strobing comets, waterfalls, Saturn circles, crackling pistils and special ghost pyro that alternates colors featuring multiple hues, will dazzle viewers nationwide. The Macy’s Fireworks will culminate in a signature, fan-favorite moment, the Macy’s Golden Mile.

SPECIAL SEGMENTS
The broadcast will highlight individuals across the nation who are championing sustainability, accessibility, visibility for underrepresented groups, artistic expression and more.

ACCESSIBILITY
In an effort to create a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired viewers, NBCUniversal is proud to present special with a 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.

Pictured: Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Key Art
Pictured: “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks” Key Art (Photo by: NBCUniversal).

“This year’s Macy’s 4th of Fireworks display will launch an inspiring spectacle of patriotic color, light and sound from the Hudson River for the first time in more than a decade. Marking the nation’s largest Independence Day celebration, the display will offer a showstopping and high-flying salute to the nation,” said Will Coss, Executive Producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “Each year the talented artisans and specialists at Macy’s Studios work alongside our partners at Pyro Spectaculars by Souza to find creative and innovative ways to paint the night sky and awe our live spectators and viewers from around the country on NBC. Following last year’s first of its kind drone display, our team has been hard at work developing new ways to surprise and delight our fans.”

“The historic Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show attracts thousands of viewers from around the nation to see the incredible fireworks and celebrate America’s birthday right here in the Big Apple,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “Every year, Macy’s illuminates the city’s skyline to commemorate Independence Day driving our city’s economy and supporting local businesses. We can’t wait to welcome the crowds this year at the show!”

“For millions of Americans the Macy’s Fireworks are a highlight of their 4th of July festivities, and we look forward to seeing the incredible display from the Hudson River this year,” said Governor Kathy Hochul. “There’s no better place to celebrate our nation’s independence than in New York, so book your holiday travel now and experience everything our state has to offer.”

“New Jersey is proud to celebrate Independence Day this year with a dazzling display of fireworks planned in collaboration with our neighbors across the Hudson,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “For the first time in recent years, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up our sky above the Hudson River. We are excited to work with Mayor Adams and Macy’s to view the country’s largest Independence Day celebration from our backyard as we commemorate 248 years of nationhood.”

A beloved New York City tradition since 1976, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks is conceived, designed, and produced by Macy’s Studios with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza and will feature a dynamic collection of shells and a host of effects incorporating a variety of colors and shapes synced to a curated musical score presented alongside live performances.

Additional show information, public viewing locations, and live broadcast details can be found online at macys.com/fireworks.

The 2024 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will air live on NBC and Peacock on July 4, 2024 at 8-10 PM ET. An abbreviated encore will follow on NBC.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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