Ready for some fireworks, hot dogs and happy reunions with friends and/ or family? As usual, many of the country’s major cities are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the popular national holiday, which will mark America’s 238th birthday this year, as well as the 200th anniversary of ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ which was penned by Francis Scott Key in 1814.
For those you who can’t celebrate with Celebrity or at the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Fourth of July Spectacular this coming Friday, here are a few other July Fourth celebrations we recommend checking out.
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
Macy’s isn’t just known for its Thanksgiving Day parades. The famed department store also puts on one heck of a fireworks show in New York City every summer, and this year will be no exception. Situated on the East River, the 38th annual concert and fireworks show—which will air live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. EST—will light up the Brooklyn Bridge and its surroundings. The evening’s musical guests will include Lionel Ritchie, Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias and Miranda Lambert—an artist for every age and genre.
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops lend their Fourth of July celebration some old-school flair via their musical selections. This year, the Beach Boys, Broadway star Megan Hilty, principals from a new production of “Phantom of the Opera,” and the Boston Children’s Chorus will join the first-class orchestra to sing Bostonians along to the 10:30 p.m. EST kickoff for fireworks along the Charles River. The concert will stream on CBSBoston.com and BostonPopsJuly4th.org if you are unable to make the festivities in person.
A Capitol Fourth
Representing the nation’s capital city, Washington DC is offering up a star-studded music and fireworks show that include performances by Frankie Valli, Patti Labelle, the Muppets, “American Idol” alumni Phillip Phillips and Jordin Sparks, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus and many more, with fireworks that will be visible all along the National Mall. Presented by TV host Tom Bergeron, the show will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Philly’s Fourth of July Jam Concert and Grand Finale Fireworks
Not to be outdone by DC, Philadelphia—our country’s first temporary capital—is putting on a pretty glitzy concert and fireworks spectacular itself. Starting at roughly 8 p.m., The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and more will be belting out a stream of hits before the 10:30 p.m. fireworks finale lights up the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Billed as the “Largest Free Concert in America,” the Jam will be simulcast on VH1 and live-streamed at PhillyJam.VH1.com and on the VH1 App.
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
Over on the West Coast, Los Angelenos can celebrate the Fourth with Steve Martin, who will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl with Edie Brickell, the Steep Canyon Rangers and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Happy Birthday, America!