Sara Bareilles, composer of Broadway's Waitress, will perform the “Broadway for Orlando” single “What the World Needs Now Is Love” as part of the lineup of talent at NBC’s 40th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City.
The 25-minute Independence Day fireworks display over the East River will be choreographed to a patriotic score performed by Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday and the United States Air Force Band.
Also scheduled for the pre-fireworks concert, which starts at 8 PM ET: The Radio City Rockettes, Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, Pitbull and multi-platinum band DNCE. Returning to emcee the broadcast are TODAY show co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall.
Fireworks will be launched from five firing locations on the East River in midtown Manhattan and within the South Street Seaport district. The 2016 celebration will include more than 56,000 pyrotechnic effects and feature the New York debut of pyro-writing, described as an explosive version of skywriting created using fireworks that will spell out “USA” in the night sky.
The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular telecast is a production of Universal Television in association with Macy’s. It is produced by Brad Lachman Productions with Lachman serving as executive producer. Bill Bracken is producer.