The news is out, this year’s 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the sky over the Hudson River.  An event that usually takes place on the East side of NYC these days, it takes place on the West side like every five years.

Macy's and UsherBack in the day, it was on the West side most of the time.  For the first time in the history of the show, a musical artist is collaborating with Macy’s creative and pyrotechnic teams.

Usher will lend his artistic inspiration and talent to this year’s spectacular event.  The eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist is curating the overall design of the show.  Titled “It Begins with A Spark,” the ceremony is the nation’s largest patriotic pyrotechnic display, that will feature over 40,000 fireworks igniting the night.  “This year Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be transformed into a giant party in the sky captivating audiences along the Hudson River and on television screens across the country,” says Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.  “Since 1976, Macy’s Fireworks have grown in scale and artistry.  With this collaboration with Usher, we are taking the show to the next level of entertainment spectacle, combining the very best of Macy’s Fireworks with Usher’s unparalleled artistic vision.”

The “bigger” news that has taken precedence over Usher’s involvement, is the evening’s performing talent.  “Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw are the perfect complement to Macy’s exceptional fireworks display,” said Doug Vaughan, EVP of Specials and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment. “NBC is thrilled to have these amazing artists join us in celebrating America’s birthday.”Fireworks

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold and 18 #1 Hot 100 singles on the Billboard chart, the most of any solo artist in history.  Mariah’s brand new single “Beautiful,” a collaboration with Miguel, is the lead single from her new album.  Tim McGraw was recently certified as the most-played country artist of the past 20 years.  His latest album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” debuted at number-one on the Billboard Country Albums chart marking his 14th career number-one debut.

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