The music lover’s guide to celebrating Fourth of July in 2020

Events you can tune into to keep the music playing all weekend long.

By Vanessa Vallon


Whereas with most Fourth of Julys past, the problem lies with too many options, this year’s Independence Day has us at a loss for what to do with ourselves. Trying to recreate the normal BBQ bashes with just our family/roommates sounds sort of sad, while risking going anywhere with a big crowd still doesn’t seem like the best idea. In order to make Fourth of July 2020 memorable in a good way, we suggest embracing these “interesting” times and tuning into the creative ways our favorite artists are keeping the music playing. Check out the list below for a complete guide to celebrating Fourth of July with the music cranked up loud.

Kick things off with 50+ of your favorite country singers 

CMA Fest may be cancelled this year, but the artists still want to rock with their fans! Hosted by artists Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell, the #CMASummerStayCay is a multi-hour live stream variety event with performances by country stars including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Maddie and Tae and more. Tune in on Wednesday, July 1 to get the holiday weekend party started.

The weekend’s finally here! Boogie (for a good cause) with the Zac Brown Band

ZBB will ring in the Fourth of July weekend with a free livestream to benefit Camp Southern Ground, Brown’s camp forchildren and teens with special needs, as well as veterans through special support programs. On Friday July 3, the band will stream “4th With the Family” on the band’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Fans can look forward to a brand new set in honor of the country’s veterans as well as some new tunes. Donations will be accepted before and during the event, with money directed specifically to Camp Southern Ground’s two Warrior programs, Warrior Week and Warrior PATHH.

Hit a (virtual) BBQ courtesy of iHeart

Radio personality Bobby Bones and some of his closest country star pals will kick off the weekend with the iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ, which is slated to bring everything celebratory but the food to celebrants at home. Fans can tune in to the CW Friday July 3 at 8 PM ET to catch Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion perform live from their backyards. An audio-only version of the event will air on iHeartCountry radio stations nationwide live and throughout the weekend.

‘Ooh’ and ‘ahh’ with NYC

Although televised every year, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show broadcast will be even more important for fireworks fans in and outside of the Big Apple due to gathering restrictions. Headlined by John Legend, the show will air on NBC on Saturday, July 4 at 8 PM ET.

Close it out with a classic

The iconic PBS broadcast “A Capitol Fourth” returns for the 40th year to celebrate the holiday live from our nation’s capital. Although pre-taped (except for the fireworks!) out of necessity this year, the program will still feature a star-studded line-up, with performances by Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, The Temptations and more. The show will include a tribute to healthcare and other frontline workers, as well as a salute to wounded service members and African-American heroes. A Capitol Fourth will be aired on PBS and live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook on July 4 at 8 PM ET (7 PM CT).