Cities like New Orleans canceled their 4th July firework shows and others, including Detroit, postponed due to the Corona virus. Even so, there are still some places that will brighten the sky for vacation, and you can see them on TV or through some streaming services.
Some great fireworks shows and concerts take place on July 4th, including Macy's July 4th fireworks show and PBS's A Capitol Fourth. Here's how to safely watch some explosions in the sky from your sofa:
How to watch fireworks on July 4th on TV
NBC broadcasts Macy's fireworks in New York City. Spectators can tune in on Saturday, July 4th from 8pm. until 10 p.m. ET and PT or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. CT / MT.
The fireworks will actually be recorded versions of five-minute shows that have taken place in the city in the past week (not to be confused with the amateur fireworks that have plagued the city for weeks). In addition to the light show, the poets Amanda Gorman, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Tim McGraw will also appear.
In a Capitol Fourth, fireworks are displayed over the Washington D.C. shown. The mayor is asking residents to stay at home to avoid spreading the virus, while PBS will air the show for the 40th time in a row. The 90-minute program starts at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT.
While the fireworks will be live, the other performances – including Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, Yolanda Adams, Trace Adkins and John Fogerty – have been pre-recorded. Vanessa Williams and John Stamos are hosts.
Broadcasters may also show local ads. In Boston, WHDH will send a Boston Pops Salute to our heroes. The program includes recordings from the recent The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and Boston Pops, which perform Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and The Stars and Stripes Forever.
Bloomberg TV will also broadcast the event from 8 p.m. ET.
How to stream fireworks from July 4th
If you want to stream the fireworks from New York, DC or Boston there are many options. Sling TV ($ 30 a month), YouTube TV ($ 65 a month), Hulu + Live TV ($ 55 a month), AT&T TV Now ($ 55 a month) ) and FuboTV ($ 55 a month) include NBC, which airs the Macy's show. For more information on how all of these streaming TV options differ, see our guide to streaming services.
Bloomberg TV isn't as widespread as NBC, but you can find it on Sling TV. You can also watch it for free on Pluto TV, which is financed by advertising.
PBS will stream A Capitol Fourth on Facebook and YouTube, as well as on its website.