More than 56,000 pyrotechnic effects will illuminate the New York City sky on Independence Day, for the 40th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Two million people are expected to see the show in person, as it will be visible from countless locations on the east side of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Millions more will tune in to the live broadcast on NBC.
Fireworks will be lit from five spots along the East River and, for the first time, the show will include pyro-writing, with “USA” spelled out in the sky. The 25-minute synchronized light show will be choreographed to music performed by Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday and the United States Air Force Band.
The supersized fireworks show has some superstar opening acts: Kenny Chesney, Meghan Trainor and 5 Seconds of Summer, who will all perform in the show’s first hour. The Today show’s Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will co-host the broadcast, which airs July 4th at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
Chesney’s Independence Day set comes in the middle of his massive Spread the Love tour, with Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, Jake Owen and Miranda Lambert along for the ride on select dates. He’s also putting the finishing touches on his upcoming Some Town Somewhere album, featuring infectious lead single, “Noise.”