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How to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks from your own couch

See the colorful pyrotechnics without leaving your apartment

People stand at a waterfront watching a bright colorful fireworks display over the night skyline of New York City. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Happy Fourth of July! The annual Macy’s fireworks show will bring its massive pyrotechnic display back to the East River once again this evening, bringing thousands of people to the shores of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

This year, the festivities will head south—specifically, back to barges around the Brooklyn Bridge. According to Macy’s, its four fireworks barges will line up close to Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, and will “make the iconic Brooklyn Bridge the star of our show,” per a press release. That will also include launching slightly milder blasts from the 136-year-old landmark itself.

But if you don’t want to watch the fireworks in person—and we wouldn’t blame you for not wanting to deal with subway changes and squishing into the viewing areas in Midtown and Long Island City—you can still catch them on TV.

NBC will broadcast the Fourth of July fireworks, as per usual, and the televised program will kick off at 8 p.m. The fireworks themselves don’t actually start until about 9:25 p.m., so the hour and a half leading up to it will be full of talking heads doing their thing, and musical performances—Luke Bryan, Ciara, and Brad Paisley are among those scheduled to perform, and Jennifer Hudson will perform “Over the Rainbow” to commemorate the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz during the display itself.

There are also a few ways to watch the fireworks online: NBC will livestream the show on its app and website starting at 8 p.m., though you’ll need a cable provider’s information to watch.

If you just want to see the fireworks without all the hoopla, EarthCam will also host a livestream.

How to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks

TV: NBC4 beginning at 8 p.m.

Livestream: NBC New York, EarthCam