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Macys 4th of July fireworks: What time is it on and how to watch

A fireworks display from the Macys 4th of July show in 2017
The Macys 4th of July fireworks show starts at 8 p.m. EST

The Macys 4th of July fireworks show will be shooting off for the fifth year in a row from the East River in New York City. This year’s show is reported to be bigger than ever with 20 new effects as technicians set off more than 10,000 fireworks over the river.

Millions are expected to be in attendance.  In fact, ABC reports that roughly three million people are expected to show up in New York to see the largest fireworks show in the U.S. live.

Of course, not everyone can be in New York to catch the impressive 4th of July fireworks display live. Instead, the Macys 4th of July fireworks can be watched on TV all over the nation, in the comfort of air conditioning and a much smaller crowd.

The Macys 4th of July fireworks will be televised by NBC in an event that starts at 8 p.m. EST Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Ricky Martin, and Keith Urban will be performing and others celebrities will be making appearances to fill the time until the fireworks display starts at around 9:45 p.m. EST.

How to watch Macys 4th of July fireworks

Those wishing to watch Macys 4th of July fireworks can do so by turning to NBC at the appropriate time. The fireworks show and the festivities before it can also be watched live by streaming from the NBC website. In order to do that, you will have to enter your cable provider information.

To see just the fireworks show, those interested can head over to the NYC & Company Facebook page, where the fireworks display will be shown live. Their live stream will begin at 9:20 p.m. EST and run until roughly 10 p.m.

For those who are planning to see the fireworks up close and in person, here are the viewing areas in New York City.

Keep in mind that there are rules in place for those wanting to watch the Macys 4th of July fireworks show from the ground. Despite the heat, there are no large coolers allowed so be sure to plan accordingly. There are also no blankets or umbrellas allowed.

As always, please be safe and enjoy the show!

The Macys 4th of July fireworks show begins live at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. 


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