5 ways to watch tonight's Independence Day fireworks live on the Fourth of July
Macy's big New York City fireworks spectacular airs on NBC on Saturday night, and you don't need cable to watch it unfold.
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Ready for fireworks? Macy's is taking a guerrilla approach this year to its annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular. Instead of one big pyrotechnic show on Independence Day, it has planned a series of smaller fireworks displays throughout New York City all week long. The displays will be short and launched from undisclosed locations throughout the city to prevent crowds from gathering during the coronavirus pandemic. The five-minute displays began July 1 and are continuing throughout the week, culminating on Independence Day itself, Saturday, July 4.
If you don't live in New York -- or even if you do and are smartly avoiding large crowds -- you can watch the fireworks on TV on Saturday night. NBC will televise Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show from 8-10 p.m. ET on the Fourth. The show will be broadcast in the Central and Mountain time zones starting at 7 p.m. local time. For those in the Pacific time zone, you can watch a replay starting at 11 p.m. PT.
The show will feature highlights from the fireworks displays from earlier in the week as well as a live show. And there will be music. The Black Eyed Peas and Tim McGraw are slated to perform as well as the poet Amanda Gorman. John Legend and the Young People's Chorus of New York City will provide the musical score for the fireworks display.
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