Saturday TV: Fireworks, Safer from Home

CapitolFourthIn contrast to some risky public gatherings, “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) goes virtual this year, with its performances from Trace Adkins, The Temptations John Fogerty, Renee Fleming, Yolanda Adams, Andy Grammar, Chrissy Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Patti LaBelle, Mandy Gonzalez and the National Symphony Orchestra each performing separately. But there still will be fireworks over the National Mall, which can be seen from the safe distance of home. Vanessa Williams and John Stamos co-host remotely as well. It repeats at 9:30 p.m.

The stores may have been closed for months but “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC, 8 p.m.) brings performances from Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Lady A, John Legend, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley before the fireworks go off over New York City.

The most performers may be scheduled for the four-hour “The Fourth in America” (CNN, 8 p.m.), surveying remaining fireworks displays in New York, Washington, Jacksonville, Houston and Nashville as well as presenting performances from Jewel, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, Carlos Santana and CeCe Winans, to Pat Benatar, The O’Jays, Don McLean, Jesse Colin Young, Billy Ray Cyrus, Burt Bacharach, the Harlem Gospel Choir as well as the casts from “The Girl from North Country” and “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” Dana Bash and Don Lemon host.

There’s a July 4 salute, too, on “Sesame Street” (HBO, 9 a.m.).

The World War II movie “Midway” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut, as does  the 2019 horror film “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), directed by André Øvredal.

In the made-for-TV thriller “The Twisted Nanny” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), Annika Foster plays the hired hand that turns children against their mother (Tara Erickson).

Of course there’s a marathon of “Independence Day” (AMC, 7 and 10 p.m.).

On “The Zoo: Bronx Tales” (Animal Planet, 1 p.m.), they take custody of 100 venomous snakes.

Alaska is the destination of tonight’s “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.).

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN, 9 p.m.) looks back at past cases.

Loni Love takes up the conversation on “Girlfriends Check-In” (OWN, 10 p.m.).

If you’ve already seen “Hamilton” (Disney+, streaming), there is always “1776” (TCM, 2:30 p.m.) and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (TCM, 5:30 p.m.). Turner Classic Movies has “John Paul Jones” (noon), “The Music Man” (8 p.m.) and “Bye Bye Birdie” (10:45 p.m.). The midnight noir is “The Sign of the Ram” (12:45 a.m.). It’s followed by the musicals “On the Town” (2:30 a.m.) and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (4:15 a.m.).

IndyCar brings its GMR Grand Prix (NBC, Noon) to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Later, NASCAR runs its Pennzoil 150 (NBC, 3 p.m.) on the same course.

Golf has third round play in the Rocket Mortgage Classic (Golf, 1 p.m.; CBS, 3 p.m.).

English Premier League Soccer has Brighton at Norwich City (NBC Sports, 7:30 a.m.), Bournemouth at Manchester United (NBC Sports, 10 a.m.), Arsenal at Wolverhampton (NBC Sports, 12:30 p.m.) and Watford at Chelsea (NBC Sports, 3 p.m.).

And it’s Bayern Munich at Bayer Leverkusen (ESPN2, 2 p.m.) in the German Cup final.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play an “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m.)

The Scarlett Johansson-hosted “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) from December with Niall Horan is rerun.

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