Where & How to Watch Fireworks on TV this 4th of July, 2018

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By: Kristina Guerrero | Cassarah Coffey Posted: 10:35 AM, Jul 3, 2018 Updated: 10:39 AM, Jul 3, 2018

Fourth of July celebrates our independence, and that includes our freedom stay in and enjoy the festivities on TV. So if you’re wondering how to watch fireworks on TV on July 4th, here are our picks for the best Fourth specials coming your way this Wednesday. 

1. PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth” with John Stamos 

Let’s start with the first way to watch fireworks on TV. John Stamos and the Beach Boys will rock Washington, D.C. once again in the PBS special, “A Capitol Fourth.” Stamos returns as host for the 38th annual music and fireworks frenzy, and will be joined by The Temptations, Pentatonix and Renee Fleming. The special airs this 4th of July from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on PBS, and around the world for our troops on the American Forces Network. 

2. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 

Ready for a second way to watch fireworks on TV? The 2018 Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is coming once again this year to NBC for the 41st year in a row. The show will feature more 75,000 shells, making it the largest Macy’s fireworks show since 2000. The celebration will also feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Antebellum and more. Watch the golden mile of fireworks on NBC. 

3. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular  

The Boston Symphony is teaming up with Bloomberg once again for their special, The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. But this year, it’ll go beyond the 75 orchestra members. They’ll feature all-female guest vocals, including Rita Moreno, the Indigo Girls and Fight Song phenom Rachel Platten. As a bonus, 13 pyrotechs will set off 10,000 fireworks! Watch on the Bloomberg News Channel or live stream it on their website, or through their Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular App. 

4. TCM’s Happy Independence Day

Don’t ware to watch fireworks on TV? No worries! You can watch some patriotic movies on Turner Classic Movies’ Happy Independence Day special. TCM is bringing a double feature of classic musicals that begins with 1942’s Oscar-winning Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney as George M. Cohan, the writer of the Yankee Doodle Boy aka Yankee Doodle Dandy. The special will also feature The Scarlet Coat, West Side Story, and many others. 

Now you’ve got four different ways to celebrate the the 4th of July from the comfort of your own couch.


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