Lady A, John Legend and Tim McGraw to Perform During Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular


The 44th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is set to be star-spangled.

This year's Independence Day celebration will include a lineup of performances by Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum), John Legend, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, the Black Eyed Peas and the Killers, PEOPLE can exclusively announce.

Today anchor Craig Melvin will host the two-hour live telecast, which will air live from New York City and kick off with a special performance by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.

After the performances, the event will conclude with a fireworks show captured from a series of weeklong surprise displays across all five of N.Y.C.'s boroughs, in addition to a live grand finale. Beginning June 29 and culminating on July 4, the displays will launch unannounced on select evenings at one or two land or water-based locations throughout the city.

Each brief but powerful five-minute display will showcase Macy's signature pyrotechnic design and scale, with fireworks reaching up to 1,000 feet in select locations. The displays were created so that all New Yorkers could experience the fireworks without creating crowds amid the ongoing novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

The pre-recorded musical score to which the display is choreographed for television will feature a mix of standards and popular music favorites, including “America the Beautiful” recorded specially for the show by Legend; "God Bless America" and "The Star Spangled Banner" performed by West Point Staff Sergeant and former Voice contestant Jeremy Gaynor; "Good Job," the tribute to essential workers performed by Alicia Keys; a rousing rendition of "Lean on Me" performed by "The Singing Surgeon" Dr. Elvis Francois with members of the Young People's Chorus of N.Y.C.; and Frank Sinatra's iconic "New York, New York," among other compositions.

The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular airs July 4 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. An encore presentation will follow at 10 p.m. EST.

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