The 42nd annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® show celebrates America’s birthday with patriotic standards and dazzling sparkles and light up the New York skyline in a show unlike any other.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® is the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the nation and the show against which all others are measured. This year’s dazzling pyrotechnic spectacle will mark Macy’s Fireworks largest display since the Millennial Celebration with more than 75,000 shells and effects launched from seven barges positioned in midtown on the East River, accompanied by a rousing patriotic score from the West Point Band and Glee Club and featuring a special rendition of “God Bless America” from superstar Kelly Clarkson.
On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, more than 3 million live spectators along the shores of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, and more than 12 million television viewers nationwide will be amazed by a jaw-dropping display of color, shape, light and sound, celebrating Independence Day. At approximately 9:25 p.m., the first of more than 75,000 shells and effects will hit the night sky and rumble towards Macy’s famed pyrotechnic finale, marking the spectacle’s largest display since the Millennial Celebration in 2000.
Macy’s Fireworks continue to grow in artistry, as we ignite the night for the nation’s premiere Independence Day celebration. This year’s showcase will be one for the record books. – Susan Tercero, GVP, Executive Producer of Macy’s Branded Entertainment and Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
The pyrotechnic display
Since 1976, Macy’s Fireworks have grown to become the nation’s largest Independence Day celebration in design, artistry, live and nationwide television audience. This year’s 25-minute spectacle will be 25 percent larger than last year’s presentation, with more than 3,000 shells and effects per minute launched from seven barges positioned between 23rd and 42nd Streets in midtown on the East River.
The 42nd edition of the pyrotechnic splendor is designed with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza. Perfectly orchestrated to synchronize to the musical score, the display will feature a host of new shells in 25 colors and effects including neon pinwheels, swirling water fountains, brocade horse tails, ghosting fans, blooming ring chases, and pulsing hearts.
The musical score
This year’s musical score – the basis for the Fireworks choreography – will feature performances from the West Point Band and Glee Club, and will highlight new interpretations of patriotic classics like Stars & Stripes Forever and The Star Spangled Banner, as well as several American musical standards. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, a medley of his classic musical compositions will be showcased including the iconic New York, New York from “On the Town,” as well as Mambo and America from “West Side Story.”
In addition, to honor the 100th anniversary of God Bless America by Irving Berlin, a soaring new recording of the classic, sung by superstar Kelly Clarkson will inspire patriotism in the hearts of millions. Backed by the full West Point Band Orchestra and Glee Club, the awe-inspiring tribute by Ms. Clarkson will be the show’s emotional and pyrotechnic centerpiece serving as the backdrop for Macy’s famed Golden Mile.
This signature of Macy’s Fireworks ignites the skyline with a dazzling array of golden-hued effects for a mile across the river and from 1,000 feet in the air to the water’s edge.
Performances from major stars
The 4th of July’s most popular entertainment special will not only feature musical performances from Kelly Clarkson, the 70 singers of the West Point Glee Club (who will sing four anthems) and the 76 members of the West Point Band but also other world-famous stars and hosts. Check out macys.com/fireworks to see who will be added to the lineup.
How and where to watch the fireworks
View in-person from various NYC locations
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks can be seen from any unobstructed view of the sky above the East River where the barges are located. Public viewing locations and dedicated entry points will be set up along various streets on the F.D.R. Drive, as well as various points in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
Visit macys.com/fireworks for the most up-to-date information including exact points of entry, viewing locations for persons with disabilities and for marine viewing details. Spectators lining the shores of the East River will also enjoy an NYPD helicopter flyover and an FDNY water boat show prior to the start of the display.
Listen on the radio
On Independence Day, spectators are encouraged to experience the full design of the spectacle by tuning in to radio station 1010 WINS to hear the musical score to which the entire show is choreographed.
Watch on TV
Independence Day spectators from coast-to-coast can catch all the action in the sky by tuning to NBC’s two-hour live national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT, with a one-hour encore presentation at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and 9 p.m. CT (check local listings).
For more information on the 42nd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, please visit macys.com/fireworks or call the Macy’s Fireworks Hotline at (212) 494-4495. And follow and participate in the excitement on various social platforms via @macys and #MacysFireworks.