How to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular online right now: Time, channel and more

Macy's July 4th fireworks display as viewed from Long Island City, Queens.
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It's time for some spectacle when we watch the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular online to see the iconic fireworks over the New York City skyline, as America celebrates its Independence Day. 

And the forecast in NYC for those hours has a very small chance of precipitation.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks details

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular airs today (Tuesday, July 4) at 8 p.m. ET on NBC (via Sling or Fubo) and streams on Peacock.

This year’s fireworks display will be accompanied by a cavalcade of performances, from the likes of The Roots, Brett Young, Lainey Wilson, Bebe Rexha, Ja Rule, Jazmine Sullivan and LL Cool J.  Rutledge Wood (Floor Is Lava and History's Top Gear) and Zuri Hall (Access Hollywood) will co-host. 

For those here for the technical marvels in the sky, expect such visual treats as a mile-wide waving American flag with red, white and blue shells, a sunflower ring with crackling pistil shells, effects that mimic a 'stop' sign effects and a new Ghost effect with four alternating colors. The presentation will feature 60,000 total firework shells.

This year's broadcast will also celebrate 'trailblazers' and the voices of younger people. The U.S. Army Field Band will play the show, as will the Dorothy Maynor Sisters from the Harlem School of the Arts.

Here's everything you need to know to watch the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. 

How to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular from anywhere

Just because NBC and Peacock aren't available everywhere doesn't mean you need to miss the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular if you're away from home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service.


Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. You'll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.

How to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular online in the US

In the U.S., the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular takes place today (Tuesday, July 4) at 8 p.m. ET. It will air on NBC and stream concurrently on Peacock.

NBC is a local broadcast network that can accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have cable, you can watch NBC on one of the best cable TV alternatives, like Sling TV, FuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream.

Of these options, we recommend Sling and FuboTV, two of the best streaming services on the market. And since they're available on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Chromecast devices, it's not hard to watch them on our picks for the best streaming devices.

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the cheaper live TV services on the market. The Sling Blue package includes more than 50 channels including NBC and Fox (in select cities), AMC, Bravo, Food Network, HGTV, Lifetime and USA. Check out the service with the rotating discounts and free trials Sling offers.


Fubo is a great alternative to a cable package. With the Pro ($70 per month), you get over 120 channels, including all the local broadcast networks and top cable brands like AMC, E!, HGTV, FX, ESPN, Syfy and Paramount Network. 


Peacock is the home of the vast NBCUniversal library, including every episode of The Office. In addition to classic movies and TV shows, subscribers can also watch episodes of current NBC series with Peacock Premium. The service also has originals such as Bel-Air and Girls5Eva.

How to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular  in the UK

Unfortunately, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular does not seem to be airing or streaming on any UK channels or services. Considering the origin of the holiday, that is perhaps understandable.

However, Americans abroad who want to use the services they already pay for should can get help from ExpressVPN.

How to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in Canada

Since Fourth of July is a thorough American holiday, it's no surprise that the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular does not appear to be airing on any Canadian channels. 

If you're traveling in Canada and want to use your paid subscription services, check out ExpressVPN.

How to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in Australia

Down Under, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular doesn't seem to be scheduled on any Australian channels.

Anyone who wants to use their geo-blocked subscription services will need to use ExpressVPN.

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Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.