Fourth of July Specials Will Include 2 Ariana Grande Performances, Because She's Super Busy
Tons of celebs are helping the good ol' USA ring in its 238th birthday this week, including Ariana Grande at Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC. Grande's been on an appearance blitz in anticipation of her new album release, My Everything, this August. That might explain why the "Problem" singer has not one but two Independence Day shows. Her Macy's concert was pre-taped on June 30th, freeing her up to appear at VH1's Philly 4th of July Jam, at Philadelphia's free-to-the-public Wawa Welcome to America Festival (which might win for silliest festival name ever).
Though the rest of us won't get to see her Macy's performance until 8 p.m. EST on the 4th, Hollywood Life was there for the pre-taped action and reported that Grande was definitely sporting her patriotism on her sleeve (or hemline, rather). During the show, Grande strutted the stage in a full skirt featuring a red, white, and blue gingham pattern dotted with stars— the only way that could be more American is if it were also somehow made of apple pies and baseballs. While Grande's part of the show is already in the can for broadcast, New Yorkers can still catch Macy's Fireworks live.
A thorough travel route and viewing guide is available on their website for both Brooklyn and Manhattan access points. Though if beating the crowds is your thing, there's no shame in staying in and watching from the comfort of a small screen over some homemade liberty libations.
Despite the double duty, Grande still shows her love for the Big Apple on Twitter, so we'd reckon choosing Philadelphia as her live event choice for the 4th might have more to do with the lineup than favoritism. Recent collaborator Nicki Minaj is also set to perform at the Philly Jam, and appears alongside Grande on Jessie J's upcoming single "Bang Bang." It's been a busy summer for Grande; her new album's tracklist also hit the web this week, and she recently revived TRL for a day alongside MTV VJ Sway.
Even if Grande's pop isn't be your musical flavor, you have to give the girl props for her tendency toward #realtalk. Her video plea for fans to not compare themselves to those who have a crafted, artificial look is especially endearing. With an outlook like that, it's no wonder Grande is beloved enough by fans to be in so many places at once.