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How to watch the 4th of July 2024 fireworks online for free

Cities across the U.S. are celebrating Independence Day 2024 in full splendor with some of their most extravagant special effects shows yet. But if you're not ready to fight through large crowds to get a prime spot, or if you prefer to watch from your own pool or backyard party, you can get a front-row seat by watching some of the best 4th of July fireworks displays on your TV, tablet or smartphone (or even your outdoor projector).

Below, we've rounded up some of the most spectacular Fourth of July shows in the US that you can watch with or without cable, plus how to stream them at home.

How to live stream Independence Day fireworks on July 4th online

Some of the best Fourth of July fireworks shows will air on local affiliate channels or national networks, and you can watch them online using any live TV streaming service that offers those networks. If you're looking to cancel your traditional cable provider, here are some of the best cable streamers to consider (including some that offer free trials).

How to watch the 4th of July 2024 fireworks online for free

DirecTV

best streaming service overall

Packages starting at $69.99 per month

DirecTV Stream lets you watch over 65 additional channels, including CBS, BBC, CNN, CNBC and more, as part of its Entertainment package ($65 monthly). Other plans ($85 to $155 monthly) offer over 90 to 140 channels, and subscribers can connect using DirecTV's Gemini device (requires existing internet connection) or a satellite dish (Gemini device and HD DVR equipment included, existing internet connection required). For a limited time, new customers receive a price guarantee for the first two years and a Visa gift card valued at up to $240.

How to watch the 4th of July 2024 fireworks online for free

Fubo

Best price performance ratio

Packages starting at $79.99 per month

Watch over 180 more 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) to watch later on your smartphone, tablet, or TV.

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

How to watch the 4th of July 2024 fireworks online for free

Hulu

best live tv streaming package

Packages starting at $76.99 per month

Stream the Fourth of July fireworks that air on your local cable channels online with Hulu + Live TV, which offers a three-day free trial. It's bundled with Disney+ and ESPN+ and starts at $76.99 per month with ads, and offers ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and 90 other major cable channels for news, entertainment, and sports. You 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), which includes NFL RedZone, Tennis Channel, MAVTV, TVG, and more.

How to watch the 4th of July 2024 fireworks online for free

best for streaming NBC

Packages starting at $5.99 per month

Stream the Macy's 4th of July fireworks on Peacock's ad-supported Premium tier ($5.99 per month or $59.99 annually) or the ad-free Premium Plus plan ($11.99 per month or $119.99 per year).

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

ExpressVPN Logo

Best for viewing from outside the US

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

Fireworks at Macy's on July 4th (New York)

Fireworks will explode behind the Empire State Building during the 47th Annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display in 2023.

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When Thursday, July 4, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
Where The fireworks will be launched from barges along the Hudson River, and there will be public viewing points in Manhattan and New Jersey; a map can be found here.
What Arguably one of the greatest Independence Day spectacles, the 48th annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display will light up the Big Apple skyline from the Hudson River with “larger-than-life pyrotechnics and a salute to the American spirit.” The spectacle will include performances by Brandy Clark, Luis Fonsi, Mickey Guyton, Jason Howland, Amber Mark, The War and Treaty and Lainey Wilson.
Watch at home Tune in to NBC on TV, stream on Peacock, or log in to your TV provider account at NBC.com to watch online.

Fireworks at Capitol Fourth 2024 (Washington, DC)

When Thursday, July 4, 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET; repeats at 9:30 p.m. ET on most networks
Where West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC
What The annual A Capitol Fourth is free and open to the public and will be broadcast on PBS and 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. Dress rehearsal will be held on July 3 at 3 p.m. local time and is also open to the public.
Watch or listen at home You can hear the audio on your local National Public Radio station and watch the show live online on PBS's Facebook page, YouTube channel and website. Those who want to relive the spectacle can watch it on demand from July 4-18. Click here for more information.

Spectacular Boston Pops Concert 2024 (Boston)

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When Thursday, July 4, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET; fireworks begin at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where Charles River at 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 This year's free Boston Pops Spectacular on July 4 will feature conductors Keith Lockhart and John Williams leading the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Guest artists include Darlene Love, the Mavericks and Kelli O'Hara. For more information, click here.
Watch or listen at home Virtual attendees can watch live on Bloomberg TV or listen on Bloomberg Radio; locals can watch on WHDH-TV.

2024 Big Bay Boom (San Diego)

How to watch the 4th of July fireworks online

Big Bay Boom fireworks in San Diego in 2018

Big bay boom

When Thursday, July 4, 9 p.m. PT
Where San Diego Bay
What California's largest fireworks display at the Big Bay Boom in San Diego can be experienced live at six locations around the barges.
Watch or listen at home Golden State residents and out-of-town visitors with streaming access can watch the festivities live from 8:00-9:30 p.m. PT on Fox 5 in San Diego and KTLA 5 in Los Angeles. For more information on delayed broadcasts and more, click here.