Happy birthday, USA! There's only one way to celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the birth of our nation: with the in the country, Macy's 4th of July Fireworks. If you're not in New York City to watch the spectacle in person, don't worry—you can still get a front row seat for all the action. We have everything you need to know about the show, including how to watch and who's performing.
How to watch the Macy's 4th of July fireworks
The two-hour program will air at 7 p.m. CST on NBC, with a one-hour encore at 9 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 8:25 p.m. and last for 25 minutes. There's also a radio broadcast of the music on 1010 WINS. If you happen to be in New York, you can enjoy the show along the East River, from 23rd street to 40th street. According to the , this year's presentation features 3,000 shells, 25 different colors, and 20 brand-new effects. The dazzling display might look effortless, but it actually takes 30 pyrotechnicians and 8,000 hours of planning!
Who's performing at the show
Thousands of fireworks lighting up the New York City skyline is impressive, but the star-studded musical lineup might be even more jaw-dropping. Kelly Clarkson will belt out a surely show-stopping rendition of "God Bless America" with the West Point Band Orchestra and Glee Club. Clarkson's fellow The Voice judge Blake Shelton will also make an appearance along with another country super star: Keith Urban. Ricky Martin and rock band American Authors are hitting the stage as well. It will definitely be a performance you won't want to miss!