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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show: What to know

The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks display will

The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks display will be returning to the East River for the fourth straight year. It'll be the largest show in more than a decade, Macy's announced on Monday. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Henny Ray Abrams

The 41st annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show will be one for the ages. 

Macy’s will celebrate America’s 241st birthday on Tuesday, July 4, by dazzling the skies above the East River for the fourth year in a row. The 25-minute display will kick off at 9:25 p.m.

The nation’s largest display is getting even bigger this year, with more than 60,000 firework shells expected to launch from five barges positioned between 24th and 41st streets in midtown, according to Macy’s. The last time the show featured that many fireworks, New Yorkers were celebrating the new millennium.

For those who aren’t firework experts, let Macy’s creative director Bill Schermerhorn put that into perspective for you: "Using 50,000 shells is amazing," Schermerhorn told us when we uncovered some of the show’s secrets. “It’s really huge.” If 50,000 is considered a rarity, add 10,000 and you’ve got yourself one memorable 4th of July show.

Macy’s also promises new special effects, like color-changing chrysanthemums, purple crackling ghost peonies, orange bees and pulsing happy faces. 

If you don’t make it down to see the show, you can watch via NBC’s live broadcast, starting at 8 p.m. 

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