Look Back at the Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

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In the height of his popularity playing the adorable speechwriter Sam Seaborn on 'The West Wing', Rob Lowe acted as master of ceremonies for the Macy's Fourth of ... more 
Photo by: Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images
In the height of his popularity playing the adorable speechwriter Sam Seaborn on 'The West Wing', Rob Lowe acted as master of ceremonies for the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in 2002. Part of his duties included closing the New York Stock Exchange on July 3 with his sons by his side…and a kissing couple as an added bonus. less 
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Wed, Jul 3, 2013 10:28 AM EDT
The annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular historically has brought out the best and brightest-stars and pyrotechnics alike. This Independence Day, the New York City skyline will light up with 40,000 exploding effects firing from four barges on the Hudson River. To prepare for the impending extravaganza featuring performances from Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Cher, Pitbull and Selena Gomez, take a look back at some highlights from years past.