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Macy's Fireworks, Independence Day Marathon and More

Macy's Fireworks 2020

On TV this Fourth of July: John Stamos and Vanessa Williams preside over A Capitol Fourth, Craig Melvin hosts the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular, and AMC binges on a Will Smith classic. Here are seven programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • HBO
    Sesame Street

    On the Fourth of July, Elmo, Abby and Rudy try to find a birthday gift for America, and help neighbors by picking up trash and planting in the garden.

  • AMC
    Independence Day Marathon

    Through 1 am | In this 1996 sci-fi/action flick, a computer genius (Jeff Goldblum) and a fighter pilot (Will Smith) unite to help fight an alien invasion.

  • PBS
    A Capitol Fourth 2020

    90 minutes: Yolanda Adams, Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Renée Flemming, John Fogerty, Brantley Gilbert, Mandy Gonzalez, Andy Grammer, Patti LaBelle, Chrissy Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara and The Temptations perform; John Stamos and Vanessa Williams host.

  • CNN
    The Fourth in America

    Four hours: Burt Bacharach, Pat Benatar, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, The O’Jays, Carlos Santana and more perform; Don Lemon and Dana Bash host.

  • NBC
    Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

    Two hours: Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Lady A, John Legend, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley perform; Today‘s Craig Melvin hosts.

  • HBO

    Premium cable premiere: A squad of U.S. Navy fighter pilots take part in World War II’s Battle of Midway; Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Patrick Wilson (Fargo), Luke Evans (The Alienist), Nick Jonas (Kingdom), Darren Criss (Glee), Keean Johnson (Euphoria), Mandy Moore (This Is Us), Dennis Quaid (Goliath) and Woody Harrelson (True Detective) star.

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    Marriage Story’s Scarlett Johansson hosts this encore episode from December; Niall Horan performs. (Season 45 episodes, ranked!)