Macy’s NYC 4th of July Fireworks are back for 2021! Yes, that’s right, the nation’s largest fireworks show is returning for its 45th year in a big way for 2021. Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks in New York City begins at 8 p.m. on NBC on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 while the actual fireworks will start after 9 p.m. over the East River in Midtown Manhattan. Although if you want to get a front-row seat, you’ll have to secure your space much earlier than 9 p.m. Keep reading about Macy’s Fireworks in New York City to get the best spot to see the show.
What can I expect at the Macy’s NYC 4th of July Fireworks 2021 Show?
According to Macy’s, “The 45th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® will illuminate the Big Apple skyline with an electrifying light show full of bursting colors, jubilant music & a feeling of positivity. This year, we’re honoring America’s everyday heroes from communities across the country & the resilient spirit within us all. It’s our way of looking ahead with renewed hope for a brighter tomorrow”. To tune in directly to the live musical score, turn on 1010 wins anytime during the fireworks show. The musical score “The Hero Within” features, “Hero’s Suite,” an original composition. It is inspired by the bravery, courage, selflessness and compassion that are part of the daily lives of many Americans. US Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus contributed to this year’s score, as well as Broadway Inspirational Voices, Hollywood Scoring and Tori Kelly. See Macy’s official trailer below:
When is the the Macy’s NYC Fourth of July Fireworks show on TV?
The NBC broadcast special, Macy’s NYC 4th of July Fireworks 2021 Spectacular, airs on Sunday, July 4th, from 8pm-10pm ET/PT, 7pm-9pm CT/MT. Check your local listings for channels. The live New York City show will begin after dark, around 9pm along the East River in Midtown Manhattan.
Who will be performing on the NBC Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular show?
This year there is an impressive lineup of performers on the NBC broadcast special, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The musical artists that will perform on the NBC Fireworks special include The Black Pumas, Reba McEntire, Coldplay and OneRepublic.
Where can I watch the Macy’s NYC Fourth of July Fireworks live and in-person?
There will be five barges for the 2021 fireworks show with over two miles of public viewing space along the East River near Midtown Manhattan. There are official viewing sites along the elevated sections of the FDR (a.k.a. Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive) that will be controlled by the New York Police Department and you must be fully vaccinated with proof to enter. Authorized access points to these viewing places are located at East 23rd Street, East 34th Street and East 42nd Street. Special needs / ADA access is available at the 34th Street entrance.
If you are not fully vaccinated, such as families with young children, you can set up along the Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan waterfronts. Expect large crowds and many streets will be closed to traffic so it is advised not to drive but to use public transportation. Feel free to call the dedicated fireworks hotline at 212-494-4495 before heading out the door if you have any questions.
Do I need tickets to watch the Macy’s NYC Fourth of July Fireworks show?
Macy’s New York City Fireworks is a free public event and tickets are not needed and are not being sold. However, to enter one of Macy’s official viewing sites, you must be fully vaccinated and proof is required.