2017 4th of July Events on TV

Independence-Day-Fireworks4th of July is full of food, fun, and fireworks!  There are a lot of activities happening in the area and truth be told, you are exhausted by the time the sun starts to set.  What do you do if you just want to enjoy the fireworks and the festivities within the air conditioned confines of your home?  Or maybe, mother nature does not cooperate and rain is the only thing falling from the sky?  We have created a list of the 4th of July celebrations on television so that you can watch the fireworks no matter the situation!


Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks (NBC)

Channel: NBC

Time: 8 EST / 7 CST

Performers: Brad Paisley, Hailee Steinfeld, Lady Antebellum, Akbar Gbajabiamila, and Matt Iseman

Celebrating America’s birthday is a blast with NBC’s exclusive presentation of the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The centerpiece of this breathtaking, LIVE summer special is the nation’s largest patriotic pyrotechnic display, with over 40,000 fireworks illuminating the night sky over the Hudson River. The nation’s top musicians perform their hottest hits, and the biggest Hollywood stars are on hand to help honor Independence Day.

NBC is lighting up the night with star-studded surprises and a dazzling display of fireworks that never fails to thrill. It’s America’s birthday, and you’re invited!


Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (Bloomberg)

Channel: Live streams on Bloomberg.com

Time: Concert begins at 8 PM EST and fireworks begin at 10:30 PM EST

Performers: Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra/Keith Lockhart, Andy Grammer, Melissa Etheridge, Leslie Odom, Jr., and U.S. Army Field Band

The traditional fighter jet military flyover in coordination with the “Star Spangled Banner,” will open the evening’s Boston Pops program, and a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show designed by Grucci Fireworks, and accompanied by the music of the Boston Pops and other popular music of the past and present, will bring the celebration to an end. Alan Menken and Jack Feldman are composing a new work, “The Sum of Us,” for soloist, chorus, and orchestra, to receive its world premiere during the celebration. The program will also spotlight musical selections from the Boston Pops’s recently released album, “Lights, Camera…Music! Six Decades of John Williams.”


A Capital Fourth (PBS)

Channel: PBS

Time: 8 PM EST

Performers: The Beach Boys, The Blues Brothers, Kellie Pickler, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, Yolanda Adams, Chris Blue, Sofia Carson, Laura Osnes, Mark McGrath, Sam Moore, Jack Everly, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, The United States Army Band, U.S. Army Hearld Trumpets, and the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery.

On July Fourth, America’s national Independence Day celebration honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this top-rated extravaganza features coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington, D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation.

In the three decades since the humble beginning of A Capitol Fourth, a parade of superstars — including Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Natasha Bedingfield, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and the Muppets from Sesame Street — has offered the best in American entertainment and helped set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party.


For 4th of July events, check out our 4th of July Events Guide.