The Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, July 23, and will run for around four hours. It will begin at 7:00 AM (ET) and finish around 11:00 AM (ET). Since the inaugural 1896 Athens Games, the Opening Ceremony has been an essential component of every Olympics. The ceremony marks the formal opening of an Olympic Games and provides an opportunity for the host country to display their national identity on a worldwide scale.

The ceremony will include the entry of former Japanese politician Shinzo Abe, followed by the performance of the Japanese national hymn, the athletes' parade, the symbolic release of the doves before Abe officially announces the start of the Summer Olympics.

Details of the artistic program are usually kept secret until the day of the performance, but as with the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony, Tokyo will almost certainly feature thousands of performers in traditional clothes, sophisticated fragments, phenomenal music and dance parts, and appearances by famous Japanese public figures - one of the most exciting moments of the opening ceremony in 2016.

How To Watch Or Stream Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony in the U.S.

An athlete holding the Olympic flame. (Getty)

The Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony, to start on Friday, July 23 at 7:00 AM (ET) at the New National Stadium, in Tokyo, Japan, will be broadcasted on NBC, Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, fuboTV in the United States.

Various TV channels and media outlets from all over the world will show the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics, so find out how to watch or stream live online for free.

Argentina: Claro Sports, TV Publica, TYC

Australia: Seven Network

Brazil: TV Globo, Bandsports

Canada: CBC, Radio Canada, Bell Media (TSN and RDS), Rogers Media (Sportsnet), Telelatino Network

France: France Télévisions, Eurosport

Germany: Eurosport, ARD, ZDF

Italy: Eurosport, RAI, RTI, TIM Mobile

Mexico: Claro, Imagen Televisa, TV Azteca

Nigeria: Supersport, Integral / NTA, TV5 Monde

Portugal: Eurosport, RTP

Spain: Eurosport, TVE

United Kingdom: BBC, Eurosport