Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular | Thursday, 8 p.m., NBC
This year’s Macy’s extravaganza moves down river from Midtown East to the Brooklyn Bridge. The 25-minute display in honor of Independence Day has a musical theme this year: classic American Cinema and the score will feature instrumentals from American films such as John Williams’ compositions for “Star Wars,” “Superman” and “E.T.” to Max Steiner’s “Casablanca Suite” and Alfred Newman’s “20th Century Fox Fanfare.” “World of Dance” judge Derek Hough will co-host the live event with singer Ciara. They will welcome to the stage Luke Bryan, Khalid, Maren Morris and Brad Paisley.
Hough, 34, spoke to The Post after finishing up a European vacation with his girlfriend, former “Dancing With the Stars” dancer Hayley Erbert.
How did Salt Lake City celebrate the 4th of July when you were growing up? Were fireworks legal or illegal?
Salt Lake City went full-out. I have many fond memories of the fireworks, the wonderment, the barbecues and the neighborhoods. Certain fireworks were illegal because it was so dry there so we had really basic stuff, nothing special. For the actual fireworks show, we went to Sugar House Park.
Have you ever been to New York City for a 4th of July celebration? We like volume.
This will be my first time. It’s pretty amazing. I saw a picture of one and I said, “Holy crap!”
What will your duties be during the festivities?
I’m co-hosting with Ciara. I’ll be introducing the acts and doing a few performances. I just finished a 56-city tour and went on a little vacation with my girlfriend Hayley Erbert. I just got back. In the next four days, I’m going to put the routines together. It will have some rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop, samba and cha-cha. I’ll do a little bit of everything.
Will you wear earplugs during the fireworks display?
No. I’ll be head to the heavens, soaking it in. From what I’ve been told, there are going to be 70,000 shells from the bridge and from four barges near Pier 17. The fireworks come in 28 colors and have crazy names like screaming dragons, silver twisters, diamond screamers. And there’s a 1,600-foot waterfall of fireworks.
What’s your next project?
I am releasing a single, my first, on July 12. It’s called “Say It Now” and it’s on the One RPM label. I held on to it for a long time. I have a few things this fall going into the Christmas holiday season. Season 4 of “World of Dance” starts next year.
And here’s what else to watch this week:
Stranger Things | Thursday, Netflix
Season premiere. There will be a jump in the show’s timeline as the cast keeps getting older, including Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Noah Schnapp (Will) and Joe Keery (Steve). Maya Thurman-Hawke and Cary Elwes join the cast.
Grand Hotel | Monday, 10 p.m., ABC
Alicia (Denyse Tontz) and Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez) disagree on how to best run the hotel, and Gigi gives Alicia a glimpse into her mother’s past. With Lincoln Younes and Demián Bichir.
The Rook | Sunday, 8 p.m., Starz
Series premiere. Paranormal secret service agent Myfanwy Thomas (Emma Greenwell) wakes up besides London’s Millennium Bridge with no way to explain the circle of dead bodies splayed around her or who wiped her memory.
Big Little Lies | Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO
Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) have a confrontation that results in legal action. Renata (Laura Dern) and Gordon (Jeffrey Nordling) have a sobering day at bankruptcy court. Mary Louise rents a condo.
City on a Hill | Sunday, 9 p.m., Showtime
Jackie (Kevin Bacon) sics the FBI on his missing informant, who is en route to Florida to visit his kids. Jenny (Jill Hennessy) meets a handsome Irish priest. With Aldis Hodge.
The InBetween | Wednesday, 10 p.m., NBC
Tom (Paul Blackthorne) and Damien (Justin Cornwell) track a killer who has targeted high school kids, while Cassie (Harriet Dyer) tries to help a woman solve her own death as her anxious family waits for news about her disappearance.
Claws | Sunday, 9 p.m., TNT
After Desna (Niecy Nash) discovers Mac (Michael Horse) and Melba (Rebecca Creskoff) have done something horrible to a loved one, she realizes just how far she is willing to go to save him.
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