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What time does the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony start

We go over how and when to watch coverage for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Closing Ceremony. It’s a little different due to the drastic time zone difference.

This picture shows the Olympic cauldron and flame during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images

It’s always the last event of any Olympics, and appropriately this year it will feel a bit different as this entire Games has felt different. But on Sunday night in Tokyo the Games of the 32nd Olympiad will come to a close, and we’ll get ready to do this all over again in six months in Beijing. Except there we’ll see winter sport athletes, and we’re only three years away from running the Summer Games back in Paris.

Normally the Closing Ceremonies see all the athletes enter the field together, but most will have been sent home already due to the rule requiring athletes to leave Japan 48 hours after their competition is over. Much like the Opening Ceremonies, this won’t feel very normal. What we do know is we’ll see the national anthems of Greece, Japan, and France played, and they’ll do what they can to make it fun and interesting. Also the Olympic flag will be transferred to the Parisian Host Committee.

NBC will offer a live broadcast of the Closing Ceremony in the morning when it actually happens. The Ceremony gets started at 8:00 p.m. in Tokyo, which is 7:00 a.m. ET in the US. NBC will go live at 7:00 a.m. and run live until 9:30 a.m. NBC will then offer a primetime version of the Closing Ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.