The 4th of July fireworks TV specials and where to watch them

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4th of July Holiday

It’s  that time of year again, when BBQs, beer, and family gatherings rule the social calendar. Yes, it’s the Fourth of July in America, and while it may be 2023, watching bright fireworks still never goes out of style.
Don’t   worry if you can’t attend the event in person, as both broadcast TV and streaming provide you with a variety of options for watching these celebrations. Whether you’re watching your favorite music stars sing hymns to the American Republic or watching fireworks being set off around the country, these specials will make you feel like you’re at the party. We have listed all of the major Fourth of July events, concerts, and fireworks programs below.

NBC’s 4th of July fireworks special

Fireworks explode over the New York City skyline.

An encore presentation of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, July 4. It can also be viewed on or the NBC app.
In addition to NBC, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks event will stream on Peacock. NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service includes live events from the WWE, NFL, Premier League, and UCI WorldTour. Peacock includes the latest NBCUniversal shows, including Mrs. Davis, Bupkis, Cocaine Bear, and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

CNN’s The Fourth in America fireworks special

Fireworks erupt in New York City during CNN's America the Fourth.

On July 4, CNN will air The Fourth in America at 4:00 p.m. PST / 7:00 p.m. EST for six hours, but that’s just for traditional cable viewers. You can stream The Fourth in America on, CNN OTT, CNNGo, or on your mobile app under TV Channels. However, only cable TV subscribers can access the streaming feed.
There are a number of musical artists lined up for CNN’s special. In addition to Alanis Morrissette, The All-American Rejects, Darius Rucker, Demi Lovato, Duran Duran, Flo Rida, Leon Bridges, Post Malone, Sheryl Crow, Smash Mouth, Zac Brown Band, and The Plain White T’s, additional musical guests will appear on the special.

A Capitol Fourth live stream on PBS

The Capitol Fourth airs on PBS on Tuesday, July 4, at 8 p.m. ET. You can also watch it on PBS’s app,, and YouTube. The concert will be available on demand for two weeks after the broadcast. To watch the PBS broadcast, log in with your television provider.
In addition to Boyz II Men, Maddie & Tae, Chicago, Babyface, Renee Fleming, Belinda Carlisle, Charles Esten, and the Muppets of Sesame Street, A Capitol Fourth will be hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro. The National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and the Presidential Salute Battery will also perform.

CMT’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th special

Brad Paisley in a promo for CMT's Let Freedom Sing.

It is expected that CMT will air an hour-long coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. CT/10:00 p.m. ET. Besides Brad Paisley’s headlining performance, CMT will also air a fireworks show. If you’re a fan of everything, this is probably the best option for you.
Visit to watch the fireworks. According to the schedule, the fireworks will begin at 7:20 p.m. PT/9:20 p.m. CT/10:20 p.m. ET.
There will be brief snippets from the fireworks show on CNN during The Fourth in America event, but this will only feature a few minutes at most. Fireworks fans are advised to stream the event instead.

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