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.
What to Watch Today
Macy's Fireworks, Independence Day Marathon and More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday Night Live
Marriage Story’s Scarlett Johansson hosts this encore episode from December; Niall Horan performs. (Season 45 episodes, ranked!)