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How to Watch July 4th Fireworks Shows Online for Free in 2024

How to Watch July 4th Fireworks Shows Online for Free in 2024

How to Watch July 4th Fireworks Shows Online for Free in 2024

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Cities across the U.S. are celebrating Independence Day in full force in 2024 with some of their most extravagant special effects-filled displays yet. But if you’re not ready to brave big crowds for a prime spot, or you prefer to watch from your own poolside or backyard soirée, you can grab a front-row seat by watching some of the best 4th of July fireworks events on your TV, tablet or smartphone (or even your outdoor projector).

Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the top July 4th spectaculars around the U.S. that are available to watch with or without cable, plus how to stream them at home.

How to Livestream 4th of July Fireworks Shows Online

Some of the best July 4th fireworks shows air on local affiliate broadcast channels or national networks, and you can watch them online with any live TV streaming service that offers those networks. If you’re looking to cut the cord from your traditional cable provider, here are a few of the best cable streamers to consider (including some offering free trials).


best streaming service overall

Packages from $69.99 per month

DirecTV Stream lets you watch over 65 other channels under its Entertainment package ($65 monthly), including CBS, BBC, CNN, CNBC and more. Other plans ($85 to $155 monthly) offer over 90 to 140 channels and subscribers can connect via DirecTV’s Gemini device (requires an existing internet connection) or satellite dish (Gemini device and HD DVR equipment included, existing internet connection required). For a limited time, new customers get a price guarantee for their first two years and up to a $240 Visa gift card.


Best Value

Packages from $79.99 per month

Watch more than 180 other news, entertainment and sports channels with a subscription to Fubo, which starts at $79.99 per month for the Pro package. You can record over 1,000 hours of TV shows, movies, games and more (including Monday, Thursday and Sunday night football) and watch later on your smartphone, tablet or TV.

Other plans include the Elite package (255 channels for $89.99 monthly) and the Premier tier that comes with 264 channels, NFL RedZone, Showtime and 4K quality for $99.99 monthly. The online TV streaming service offers a seven-day trial for new subscribers, so you can technically watch your favorite July 4th fireworks shows online for free during that period.


best live tv streaming bundle

Packages from $76.99 per month

Stream 4th of July fireworks shows airing on your local cable channels online with Hulu + Live TV, which is offering a three-day free trial. It comes bundled with Disney+ and ESPN+ starting at $76.99 per month with ads, and offers ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC and 90 other major cable news, entertainment and sports channels. You’ll also get access to live streaming and events on ESPN+, like UFC Fight Night, PGA golf, soccer and baseball. Get even more sports with the Sports Add-On package ($9.99 per month) that includes NFL REdZone, Tennis Channel, MAVTV, TVG and more.

best for streaming nbc

Packages from $5.99 per month

Stream the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show through Peacock’s ad-supported Premium tier ($5.99 per month or $59.99 annually) or the ad-free Premium Plus package ($11.99 per month or $119.99 per year).

Both plans include 80,000 hours of TV show episodes and movies, live sports and events and over 50 channels. However, only the Premium Plus option includes no ads (except for select live TV shows), your local NBC channel and the ability to download and watch select titles offline.

Best for watching from outside of the u.s.

If you’re located outside of the U.S. and want to access your live TV streaming account, you can use a virtual private network (VPN) such as ExpressVPN to watch the fireworks internationally. The service costs $7 to $13 per month and lets you log into high-speed servers across more than 90 countries while keeping your data private and secure, and new subscribers get three free months; learn more here.

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Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks (New York)

A person watches fireworks explode behind the Empire State Building lit up in Red, White, and Blue during the 47th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display as seen from Summit One Vanderbilt on July 4th, 2023 in New York City.

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When Thursday, July 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. PT/8 to 10 p.m. ET
Where Fireworks will be launched from barges along the Hudson River, with public viewing points through Manhattan and New Jersey; see map here.
What Arguably one of the biggest Independence Day spectaculars, the 48th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show will light up the Big Apple skyline from the Hudson River with “larger-than-life pyrotechnics and a salute to the American spirit.” The spectacular will feature performances by Brandy Clark, Luis Fonsi, Mickey Guyton, Jason Howland, Amber Mark, The War and Treaty and Lainey Wilson.
Watch at home Tun in to NBC on TV, stream on Peacock or log into your TV provider account at to watch online.

A Capitol Fourth 2024 Fireworks Show (Washington, D.C.)

When Thursday, July 4 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET; repeat airing at 9:30 p.m. ET on most stations
Where West Lawn at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
What Free and open to the public, the annual A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS and will be hosted by Alfonso Ribiero. Performers include Smokey Robinson, Fantasia, Darren Criss, Sheila E., Fitz and the Tantrums’ Fitz and Noelle, Chloe Flower, Sister Sledge ft. Sledgendary, Loren Allred, Shawn Johnson East, Britt Stewart, the National Symphony Orchestra, the United States Army Band and more. The dress rehearsal is on July 3 at 3 p.m. local time and also open to the public.
Watch or listen at home You can hear the audio on your local National Public Radio station, and you can watch the show live online on PBS’ Facebook page, YouTube channel and website. Those who want to relive the extravaganza can watch it on-demand from July 4 to 18; get more details here.

2024 Boston Pops Spectacular Concert (Boston)

When Thursday, July 4, from 8 to 11 p.m. ET; fireworks start at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where Charles River at the CDR Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way; Boston, MA 02108 The fireworks can be seen on both the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river.
What At this year’s free Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular, conductors Keith Lockhart and John Williams will lead the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Guest performers include Darlene Love, the Mavericks and Kelli O’Hara. Get more info here.
Watch or listen at home Virtual attendees can watch live on Bloomberg TV or listen in on Bloomberg Radio; locals can watch on WHDH-TV.

2024 Big Bay Boom (San Diego)

San Diego’s Big Bay Boom fireworks show in 2018

Big Bay Boom

When Thursday, July 4, at 9 p.m. PT
Where San Diego Bay
What California’s largest fireworks show at San Diego’s Big Bay Boom can be seen in-person at six locations surrounding the barges.
Watch or listen at home Golden State locals and out-of-towners with streaming access can watch the festivities live from 8 to 9:30 p.m. PT on Fox 5 in San Diego and KTLA 5 in Los Angeles; get more details on delayed broadcasts and more here.

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