BY MARGARET MORGAN
The 35th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks returns to the West Side’s Hudson River in the nation’s largest, awe-inspiring display of patriotic pyrotechnics. Celebrating our nation’s 235th birthday and the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, this year's extravaganza, "Gift of Freedom," will feature more than 40,000 fireworks expertly synchronized to a dynamic 26-minute score that includes a mix of American standards and the hottest pop favorites.
If you don’t plan to be in New York, the fireworks display will be aired on NBC, July 4th at 9 p.m. EST. The show will be hosted by entertainer Nick Lachey and features performances by Beyoncé and Brad Paisley.
At the heart of the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks 2011 will be a dazzling, soul-stirring salute to the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Since 1886, the Statue of Liberty has been a beacon of hope that has proudly stood at the gateway to New York Harbor and the American Dream. This year's display will reflect on the united pride of our nation to the accompaniment of heartfelt celebratory songs. The show will also feature a tribute in light for the upcoming 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.