What would the Fourth of July be without some fireworks? Macy’s will hold its annual fireworks show, which began in 1976, to celebrate our nation’s freedom from Britain. Though Macy’s originally started the show to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial, they have continued to put on the spectacular every year since. 

Here's what you need to know about watching the beautiful pyrotechnic display:


Friday at 8 p.m.


The iconic display will return to the East River, NYCGo.com wrote. The fireworks will be set off from the Brooklyn Bride and from the barges in the water below the bridge. Tickets are not needed. The event is free.

Macy's The best spots to view Macy's 2014 fireworks show. Photo: Macy's

How To Watch:

Live: The best viewing spots to see the fireworks are in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade and along the east side of Lower Manhattan. As a tip, NYCGo.com suggested getting there at 5 p.m. to snag a good seat.

At home: Turn your TV to NBC to watch the spectacular.


Enrique Iglesias, Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert and Lionel Richie will sing at Macy’s 2014 show, which will be hosted by Nick Cannon.

But that’s not all -- Macy’s also has another treat in store for viewers. To honor the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner,” there will be a 25-minute patriotic musical score by The DIVA Jazz Orchestra. New recordings from The Charlie Daniels Band, Tony Award-winning artists Idina Menzel and Billy Porter will be heard, in addition to New York City's own Essential Voices USA chorus.

Those performances are just for the television broadcast.

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