There are a few different 4th of July related programs airing on TV tonight, but one of the most notable ones will be taking place on NBC courtesy of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The event will feature Meghan Trainor, DNCE, Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Pitbull, and (of course) the Radio City Rockettes helping you to celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year.
Now, we know that there is also going to be a very emotional moment during the broadcast. Per Entertainment Weekly, “Gravity” singer Sara Bareilles is going to deliver a solo performance of “What the World Needs Now is Love,” a song that recently has become used by the Broadway community as a tribute and charity single benefiting LGBTQ youth in Orlando. The song was originally recorded by an all-star lineup earlier this year following the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub. This lineup included Bareilles as well as Kristen Bell, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, Carole King, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and many others.
Bareilles herself has become increasingly involved in the Broadway community this year thanks to “Waitress,” the adaptation of the Keri Russell – Nathan Fillion feature film.
If you want to catch the fireworks from the New York area, the performances, and so much more on the night, be sure to start watching this at around 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. We will have some other updates all about the event and other 4th of July specials on TV shortly.
For now, know that our thoughts continue to go out to those trying to recover in Orlando.
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