It’s Independence Day, so let freedom ring — and your TV blare. If you’d rather stay out of the sun and be a couch potato than watch fireworks, the July 4th line-up has stars and stories of every stripe.
6 A.M. – 12 A.M., “Independence Day,” E!
You can’t watch movies on the Fourth of July without watching “Independence Day,” so thankfully E! has a full day marathon of the epic alien invasion film. Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and one of the greatest “Save the Day” speeches in blockbuster movie history — what more do you need?
7 A.M.- 6 P.M., “America: The Story of Us,” History Channel
Lounge and learn during this 11-hour docuseries narrated by Liev Schreiber.
11:30 A.M. – 2 P.M., “Lincoln,” Showtime
Steven Spielberg’s historical drama might seem too real right now when it constantly feels like we’re on the verge of civil war. But Daniel Day-Lewis pulls out his iconic Oscar-winning performance as the 16th President of the United States.
12:00 NOON – 1 P.M., “Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest,” ESPN2
For some reason, watching people gorge themselves sick on mystery meat and soggy bread is a beloved Fourth of July pastime. This year’s 102nd event starts at noon.
3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., “Captain America: The First Avenger” & “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” FX
If patriotic superheroes are your speed, this action-packed double feature is here to entertain you. Ignite a family war over who’s the Best Superhero Chris (Evans, Pine, Pratt or Hemsworth) before you ignite the fireworks.
5 P.M. – 7 P.M., “Independence Day: Resurgence,” HBO
The long-awaited sequel finally arrived last year, and was promptly panned by critics and audiences. But it’s on HBO — so watch and decide for yourself. At least Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are back to save the world from aliens again.
5:45 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., “National Treasure,” Cinemax
It’s time to steal the Declaration of Independence. Never let anyone tell you this movie isn’t good — it’s got Nicolas Cage hamming it up, Sean Bean doesn’t die and there’s all sorts of fun historical espionage. So check it out — and remind Disney that they still owe us “National Treasure 3.”
7 P.M.-10 P.M., “The Patriot,” WGN America
Stories about the American Revolution tend to be romanticized, but this one starring Mel Gibson doesn’t shy away from the gruesome violence of the war.
8 P.M. – 10. P.M., “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, NBC”
Pyrotechnics have been a staple of the Fourth of July since 1777. This year’s 41st annual Macy’s-sponsored special will be hosted by “American Ninja Warrior” co-hosts Kristine Leahy, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Matt Iseman. Jennifer Lopez, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and Lady Antebellum are among the performers.
8:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M., “A Capitol Fourth,” PBS
This year’s event will light up the sky above our nation’s capital and be hosted by John Stamos and feature performances by The Beach Boys, Yolanda Adams, Mark McGrath, The Four Tops and “The Voice” winner Chris Blue.
11:15 P.M. – 1:15 A.M., “1776,” TCM
If you’re a night owl, the 1972 adaptation of the Broadway musical sings its way through the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Watch for Mr. Feeny, better known as William Daniels from long before “Boy Meets World” introduced him to a younger generation.
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