While the 44th annual ‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular’ may be reimagined this year, amid COVID-19, it will be no-less star-studded than in years past. Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, The Killers and Tim McGraw are among the high-profile line-up of performers for the NBC broadcast.
According to Macy’s, the annual New York City Independence Day fireworks display will take place a little differently this year, in order to adhere to social distancing. Beginning 29 June through 4 July, fireworks will be launched in unannounced, 5-minute displays in every borough of New York. The entire set of fireworks, along with the musical performances leading up to them, will be available to view as an entire broadcast, hosted by Today show anchor Craig Melvin, beginning at 8:00 pm EST on the fourth.
In addition to the artists listed above, viewers can also look forward to performances by the likes of Lady A, Brad Paisley, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States, Amanda Gorman.
Tim McGraw, meanwhile, recently joined the likes of Oprah Winfrey, John Fogerty and Herbie Hancock for United We Sing: A Grammy Salute To The Unsung Heroes. Hosted by Harry Connick Jr, the two-hour CBS special featured Connick Jr and his filmmaker daughter, Georgia, as they travelled across America, meeting with essential workers.
The duo, who encouraged viewers to donate to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, No Kid Hungry and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, connected with McGraw in Chattanooga, TN via Zoom. The country legend shared that he learned about music at a young age while riding alongside his trucker dad. He then sang his chart-topping 1999 hit, ‘Something Like That’.
In May, McGraw dropped his newest single, the emotional ‘I Called Mama’, which marked the country star’s first release since his return to Big Machine Records.