On TV this 4th of July: Mickey Guyton presides over A Capitol Fourth, Michael B. Jordan narrates America the Beautiful and Joey Chestnut returns for his annual binge. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern. (Also check out our weekly TVLine-Up of premieres and finales, plus our monthly streaming guide.)
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America the Beautiful
The Planet Earth team delivers a new six-part docuseries exploring North America’s most spectacular terrains; Black Panther‘s Michael B. Jordan narrates.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest
The women’s competition (featuring top-ranked female Miki Sudo) will be followed by the men’s competition (at noon, featuring world champ Joey Chestnut); SportsCenter‘s John Anderson will offer play-by-play, while Major League Eating’s Richard Shea offers in-depth analysis.
Red, White & Blue Bloods Marathon
Through 3 am | Repeats of the Tom Selleck cop drama joins the weekday lineup, beginning with a Fourth of July-themed event. (Get Season 13 premiere date.)
You have four chances to watch the Will Smith classic, on FXM (at 5:45 and 8:35 pm) and TNT (at 7 and 10 pm). Or you just can stream it on Hulu.
The Fourth in America
Six hours: AJR, Ava Max, Alessia Cara, Avril Lavigne, the B-52’s, Def Leppard, the Doobie Brothers, Gloria Estefan, Jason Derulo, Jimmie Allen, Journey, The Lumineers, Machine Gun Kelly, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Pitbull, Santana, Third Eye Blind, T-Pain and Willie Nelson perform; Dana Bash, Ana Cabrera, Don Lemon and Sara Sidner host.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Two hours: Brett Eldredge, 5 Seconds of Summer, Joaquina Kalukango, Carly Pearce, Pitbull with Filmore, and the casts of Freestyle Love Supreme and Moulin Rouge! The Musical perform; Craig Melvin and Dylan Dreyer host.
A Capitol Fourth
90 minutes: Yolanda Adams, Loren Allred, Emily Bear, Darren Criss, Cynthia Erivo, Gloria Gaynor, Andy Grammer, Keb’ Mo’, Jake Owen, Rachel Platten and host Mickey Guyton perform.
Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th
One hour: Old Dominion headlines the annual Downton Nashville bash, culminating in a fireworks show.