The 47th annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks returns to the East River on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.
This year’s show will launch 60,000 shells and effects from five barges positioned between E. 26th and E. 40th Streets along the East River, with prime viewing from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
New this year is a “waving flag” fireworks.
As always, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks are synchronized to music.
This year, one sequence honors the hit songs of superstar entertainer Tina Turner, who passed away recently. The sequence features her iconic anthem “The Best” as thousands of golden-hued shells create a dramatic cascade effect stretching for more than a mile across the East River.
The rest of the playlist focuses on American classics that pay homage to the nation’s musical trailblazers.
Expect to hear “The Star Bangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and a special performance of an original work titled “Sea to Shining Sea” written and performed by The United States Army Field Band’s rap duo Nico & Lamar with Ray Chew.
Also as always, the evening includes live performances by popular entertainers and also by military bands and choral groups, performing before the start of the fireworks and during the show.
Best viewing spots for Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks any area with an unobstructed view of the skyline above the East River in Midtown or from the comforts of home.
Macy’s will start its signature pyrotechnic salute at around 9:25 p.m. that will captivate spectators in NYC and on NBC TV from sea to shining sea.
“This year’s Macy’s Fireworks celebration will be nothing short of showstopping,” said Will Coss, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in a press release.
“Millions of spectators come together every year to witness the spectacular performance along the East River and we are ready to deliver a high-flying, jaw-dropping fireworks display that will fill the night sky with color, light, shapes, and thunderous sound.
Paired with a score featuring American classics, this year’s celebration will honor trailblazers that have forged our past, present, and future.”