The largest Fourth of July fireworks display set to blast off in NYC

New York, New York – The big bang is back!

Macy's put on several smaller pop-up fireworks displays ahead of July Fourth last year. On Sunday, the large display will return to the East River.
Macy's put on several smaller pop-up fireworks displays ahead of July Fourth last year. On Sunday, the large display will return to the East River.  © IMAGO / UPI Photo

After a pause last year due to the pandemic, the largest fireworks display in the nation will return to the Big Apple on Sunday.

"America is back!" Macy's proclaimed of the upcoming show over the East River.

The iconic annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular will feature a star-studded lineup for its NBC broadcast, which will begin live at 8 PM EST.

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The Jonas Brothers, OneRepublic, Black Pumas, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Coldplay are slated to perform.

"The 45th annual Macy's fireworks will illuminate the Big Apple with an electrifying light show full of bursting colors, jubilant music, and a feeling of positivity," its organizers said.

This year, the show plans to highlight everyday American heroes, essential workers, and "the resilient spirit within us all."

The pyrotechnic display begins around 9:45 PM and will be backed by a musical score orchestrated by The US Army Field Band, with vocal performances from Tori Kelly and a chorus of Broadway performers.

The more than 65,000 shells will be launched from five barges in the East River in the 25-minute show, which can be viewed from the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens waterfronts.

Macy's assured it has worked to safely provide up to two miles of public viewing space for the free show. The NYPD will manage viewing points for verified fully vaccinated spectators on elevated portions of the FDR Drive with entry points at East 23rd, East 34th, and East 42nd Streets.

In 2020, Macy's put on several small, unannounced pop-up shows in the days leading up to the holiday in lieu of its usual large display on the Fourth.

This year marks America's 245th birthday as a nation, and will definitely be a blast!

Cover photo: IMAGO / UPI Photo

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