NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — We are just days away from the nation’s largest patriotic and pyrotechnic display — the 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, which will light up the city sky as we celebrate our country’s birthday here in the Big Apple.
To make it happen, Macy’s teamed up with R&B superstar Usher to choreograph the look of the show with an impressive soundtrack. In an interview with 1010 WINS’ Brian Carey, the show’s executive producer, Amy Kule said the partnership has been a success.
“Usher has been marvelous to work with. He has put his creative stamp on the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks,” Kule said. “Once we started talking to him about the fireworks and the feel and the look of what we needed, he immediately got it. [He] has been an incredible partner in bringing the show to life.”
“Having a guest come in to the Macy’s family and play with the music and ultimately paint the sky was something that we thought would be pretty tasty.”
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The diverse 25 minute playlist features something for everybody — from classic hits to Rihanna jams. Kule added that Usher added four of his own songs to the set.
But that’s not all.
“It’s a New York show so we’d be remiss if we didn’t have Alicia Keys and Jay-Z,” Kule said. “We open up with the very classic Jimi Hendrix playing at Woodstock.”
The soundtrack also includes spoken word from Martin Luther King Jr.
Meanwhile, while the fireworks shoot over the Hudson, Macy’s has coordinated with the team at the Empire State Building, who will change their lights to mirror the look and feel of the show in the sky.
“If you find yourself in between the Hudson River and the Empire State Building, you may suffer some neck injury from going back and forth and looking at the River and look at the top the Empire State Building.”
“It’s Vegas-worthy,” Kule said. “During the finale, you’re going to see the Empire State Building come to life in the most brilliant color design.”