Helpful Guide to July 4th TV Programming
By PAIGE FEIGENBAUM
July 03, 2012
No barbeque to go to? Don't fret. You can be patriotic from the comfort of your couch this 4th of July with marathons of your favorite shows and televised fireworks displays.
Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney are slated to headline Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular from the Big Apple. Watch as Katy belts her song Firework with the backdrop of the nation's largest pyrotechnic display over the Hudson River. The video above shows a preview of what to expect. Tune in to NBC 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
The sky above Washington, D.C. will light up during A Capitol Fourth celebration, emceed by Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron. American Idol champ Phillip Phillips will perform for the first time since recovering from kidney surgery. The line-up also features Megan Hilty (Smash), Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Javier Colon (The Voice), Amber Riley (Glee), Josh Turner, Kool & the Gang, Russell Watson, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno will root on Team USA ahead of London 2012 with the musical accompaniment of John Williams conducting Olympic Fanfare. The Independence Day extravaganza airs on PBS at 8 p.m.
Jennifer Hudson will hit the high notes, making the nation proud for The Boston Pop’s Fireworks Spectacular. Additionally, Michael Chiklis is billed for the party, airing on CBS at 10 p.m.
The Lone Star State will be well represented. TNT is launching a marathon of hit series Dallas, starting at 5 p.m. The streak will conclude at 10 p.m. with a new 15-minute post-episode webshow titled Dallas Round-Up.
In light of Andy Griffith's passing on July 3, TV Land will salute the late star. The channel will run a marathon consisting of memorable episodes of The Andy Griffith Show from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ET/PT.
Regardless of how you decide to spend the holiday, you're sure to be entertained.