What to Watch Today

Macy's Fireworks, Capitol Fourth, We the People and More

Macy's Fireworks 2021

On TV this Fourth of July: Vanessa Williams presides over A Capitol Fourth, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Ryan Eggold host the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular, and We the People teaches youngsters U.S. civics. Here are 14 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • Paramount+

    The team encounters a young girl who is seemingly haunted by a spirit the Islamic faith calls a Jinn. (Read Episode 2 post mortem.)

  • Netflix
    We the People

    Exec-produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, this 10-episode civics lesson for young Americans uses animation and features original songs by H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Andra Day and poet Amanda Gorman.

  • CNN
    The Fourth in America

    Five hours: John Stamos and the Beach Boys, Bebe Rexha, Billy Ray Cyrus, REO Speedwagon, Black Eyed Peas, Blues Traveler, Brad Paisley, Foreigner, Kool & the Gang and Trisha Yearwood perform; Don Lemon, Dana Bash, Victor Blackwell and Ana Cabrera host.

  • Bloomberg
    Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular

    Three hours: Fireworks are accompanied by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra; Craig Ferguson hosts; Toby Keith also performs.

  • PBS
    A Capitol Fourth

    90 minutes: Cynthia Erivo, Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Pentatonix, Gladys Knight, Train, Jennifer Nettles and more perform; Vanessa Williams hosts.

  • NBC
    Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

    Two hours: Blake Shelton, Jonas Brothers, Marshmello, Coldplay, OneRepublic and Reba McEntire perform; Renée Elise Goldsberry (Girls5eva) and Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam) host.

  • Starz
    Run the World

    Renee makes a big career decision, while Ella’s own career choice makes waves in her personal life. (Read Andrea Bordeaux interview.)

  • Starz

    Earl’s parole officers pay him a visit; Janelle’s dates don’t go according to plan; Ashley and Rainey bond over Miles’ old weed. (Watch sneak peek.)

  • National Geographic
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

    Gordon rappels and kayaks in the Smoky Mountains in search of the region’s most unique ingredients.

  • AMC
    Kevin Can F**k Himself

    Patty is questioned by a detective about the pharmacy bust; Allison admits the truth to Patty; Kevin creates a new money-making scheme.

  • Showtime
    The One and Only Dick Gregory

    The documentary chronicles the life and career of the legendary stand-up comic; talking heads include Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart.

  • Starz
    Little Birds

    Lucy meets an undercover CIA agent; Cherifa falls into the secretary’s trap.

  • Adult Swim
    Rick and Morty

    “It may be too late to reduce and reuse” — whatever that means.

  • Adult Swim
    Tuca & Bertie

    Bertie deals with an IBS attack (look out below!); Tuca explores Bird Town while suffering from insomnia and loneliness.