July Fourth TV: Rocket’s Red Glare, Etc.

MacysfireworksStill don’t understand the phenomena of fireworks on TV, but there is a lot of it again tonight.

“Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC, 8 p.m.) has, in addition to pyrotechnics over the East River, performances from Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, American Authors and Brandon Victor Dixon. Its hosts are Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila from “American Ninja warriors.”

From Washington, the annual “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS, 8 p.m.) has  Jimmy Buffett (and his Broadway show “Escape to Margaritaville”), Mike Love’s version of the Beach Boys,  the remaining members of the The Temptations, Pentatonix, Chita Rivera, Andy Grammar, Luke Combs, Renée Fleming, CeCe Winans, Joshua Bell and Lauren Alaina and Kyla Jade of “American Idol.” John Stamos, who hosts the event on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, will probably want to play drums for the Beach Boys as well.

It plays opposite a new Fourth show at the opposite end of the National Mall being televised for the first time. “Fourth of July at the White House”(Hallmark, 8 p.m.) boasts Sara Evans, Russian pianist Lola Astanova and a couple of their own “American Idol” finalists, Jonny Brenns and Jax (The fireworks will be the same one seen on PBS).

Another American tradition of the day: Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest (ESPN2, noon).

New to the day is the American Cornhole League Pro Invitational (ESPN, 1 p.m.). Not making this up.

Emily gets a new assignment on “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming).

The first Power of Veto competition is held on “Big Brother” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Will and Kate look for the safest place for their family on “Colony” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Rox is hit by a drunk driver on “Code Black” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

There’s a holiday-themed episode of “American Pickers” (History, 8 p.m.).

Independence Day is celebrated all day on Turner Classic Movies with “Ah, Wilderness!” (7:45 a.m.), “America America” (9:30 a.m.), “The Howards of Virginia” (12:30 p.m.), “The Scarlet Coat” (2:30 p.m.), “John Paul Jones” (4:15 p.m.), “The Devil’s Disciple” (6:30 p.m.), “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (8 p.m.), “1776” (10:15 p.m.), “Four Jills in a Jeep” (1:15 a.m.) and “Holiday Inn” (3:15 a.m.).

Baseball includes Atlanta at Yankees (MLB, 2 p.m.), Baltimore at Philadelphia (ESPN, 4 p.m.), White Sox at Cincinnati (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and St. Louis at Arizona (ESPN, 10 p.m.).

Second round play occurs at Wimbledon (ESPN, 7 a.m.).

The Special Olympics USA Games (ESPN2, 5 p.m.) continue.

There is the Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse championship (ESPN2, 6 p.m.) and the World Series of Poker (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.).

Running has the Peachtree Road Race (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Chantel Jeffries, La La Anthony, Coyote Peterson, Dr. Evan Antin. The View: Kobe Bryant (rerun). The Talk: Alfre Woodard, Adam Perry Lang, Beth Behrs. Harry Connick: Matt Iseman, Deborah Tillman (rerun). Steve Harvey: Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Wright Olsen, Jussie Smollett (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Anna Faris, John Legend, DJ Pauly D (rerun). Wendy Williams: Deon Cole. The Real: Derek Hough, Kyle Anfernee (rerun).

Late Talk

All reruns: Stephen Colbert: Anthony Scaramucci, Michael Avenatti, Chromeo with DRAM. Jimmy Kimmel: Billy Bob Thornton, Hannibal Buress, Aloe Blacc. Jimmy Fallon: Tina Fey, Paul Bethany, Courtney Barnett. Seth Meyers: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Louie Anderson, Cold War Kids. James Corden: Reba McEntire, Lucy Hale, Glenn Howerton, Kelsea Ballerini. Carson Daly: Sarah Shahi, I’m With Her, Holly Taylor. Trevor Noah: Rep. Karen Bass. Conan O’Brien: Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Mackie, Danai Gurira.

 

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