“The rockets red glare/ the bombs bursting in air,” gets special meaning tonight, as Macy’s plays host to the 2016 fireworks display live from New York City. It it the largest and most watched fireworks celebration in the United States, with five barges shooting off the pyrotechnics from New York’s East River.
While NYPD officials have ramped up security ahead of the three million or so people expected to attend, millions more will be tuning in from home as the live broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET. on NBC. Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will be hosting the broadcast, with performances planned from Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, DNCE, Meghan Trainor, and Pitbull.
Tonight’s celebration marks the 40th anniversary of Macy’s annual patriotic celebration. Viewers at home looking to watch the live stream of the broadcast can do so at NBC.com/live.
Heading riverside to catch the show up close and personal? Then check out Macy’s guide to visibility and the best public viewing areas, including information on where in the East River the barges will be firing away.
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