What to Watch This Independence Day: Marathons, Fireworks, and Independence Day


What to watch on Thursday, July 4...


MARATHON, 12am, Smithsonian
Aerial America
To the all-seeing eye of Aerial America’s helicopter-mounted cameras, we ALL live in flyover states. Enjoy thirty installments of the travelogue series, combining unique airborne footage with cultural and historical discussions of some of your favorite states, including that boxy one, that one with all the crazy animals, and that one where the relatives you only see at Thanksgiving live.


MARATHON, 6am, USA
NCIS
Eighteen episodes, mostly drawn from Seasons 7–9, fill up USA’s docket for the day. Fun fact: If you watch the full batch in one sitting, then look in a mirror and say Mark Harmon’s name three times, Gibbs will appear and award you an honorary NCIS: Syndication Division badge. 


MARATHON, 8am, Syfy
The Twilight Zone
Rod Serling’s otherworldly yet allegorical short story universe is creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, altogether ooky, and... okay, I may be thinking of the wrong show. Still, after 22 straight hours in the Zone, you too might be able to power a light bulb with your mouth. Some of the famous installments on tap today include “Time Enough at Last” (7:30pm), “A Stop at Willoughby” (8pm), “Eye of the Beholder” (8:30pm), “To Serve Man” (9pm), “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” (9:30pm), and “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” (10:30pm).


MARATHON, 8am, BBC America
Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Brits may have taken home the silver medal in 1783, but the U.S. arm of their broadcasting service can still get into the marathon spirit. The first 16 episodes from TNG’s third season fill out today's lineup, with the rest of the season picking up tomorrow morning. 


MARATHON, 10am, TNT
Castle
TNT lines up 10 straight Castle outings from Season 3, beginning with “The Final Nail” and running through to season’s end. I don’t think has anything to with the holiday, actually. I think this is just how TNT normally rolls on your average weekday afternoon. 


MARATHON, 1pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
Relive the quieter, simpler days of Season 1, back before everything was all fraying sanity and monocular megalomaniacs. Back when it was about the zombies, man. The full six-episode season will air twice in succession, with the second go-round (commencing at 8pm) in its extra-spooky black-and-white version. Marathon host Kevin Smith will also ladle out behind-the-scenes previews of Season 4.


LIVE, 1pm ET, ESPN
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
Now both six-time champs, Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi meet once again on the Coney Island field of battle in the 98th annual celebration of gastrointestinal endurance. Will either wiener-wolfing warrior take home lucky number seven, or is this the year a new steel-stomached upstart swoops in to gobble up the glory? 


8pm, NBC
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Nick Cannon hosts the 37th annual extravaganza of brightly-colored explosions, and his good friends Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez just might stop by too.


8pm, PBS
A Capitol Fourth
Live from Capitol Hill, host Tom Bergeron rings in the nation’s birthday with fireworks and an eclectic mix of musical performances. On the docket are Barry Manilow, Megan Hilty, John Williams, Darren Criss, American Idol winners Candice Glover and Scotty McCreery, and the National Symphony Orchestra.


8pm, VH1
Philly 4th of July Jam
The birthplace of the Declaration of Independence hosts a bash headlined by The Roots. Also slated to perform: Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Grace Potter, and everyone’s favorite American Revolution-themed doo-wop group, Benny Franklin and the Liberty Belles.


8pm, A&E
Independence Day
I could try and sell you on the 1996 world-go-boom classic, but we all know I’m not the right messenger here. Take it away, President Bill Pullman.


LATE-NITE:
– Angie Harmon on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

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Nothing to watch on a fourth of July. I guess that's a small price to pay for Independence. Happy 4th of July, Americans!
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I'm starting at the beginning of Teen Wolf. I've not watched that show and from things I've heard about the show, I'm thinking of adding it to the shows that I watch. When will fall get here and all of the tv people come back from their 3 month long vacations? It seems like an industry as big as the combined networks, premium channels, and basic cable should be able to entertain us for a full 52 weeks a year. I guess that is too much to ask.
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Don't worry, once you watch Teen Wolf you wont care about fall Tv anymore. You'll just anxiously wait for each episode of Teen Wolf season 3 to air before having to wait until next summer for season 4.
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Think I'll catch up on my other shows and free up some space on my DVR :)
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I think I'll read a book.
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With clear skies, I plan to watch fireworks outside up in the sky. :D
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Every 4th of July I have a ritual movie marathon.that consists of: Independence Day National Treasure Patriot Live Free or Die Hard Born on the 4th of July
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god damn it , burn notice left us with a cliffhanger with no episode this week , i guess will wait next week then
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DVR time...
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Catch up on my shows nothing of interest.
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Best of DVR highlights, I guess.
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While it is true that Chestnut and Kobayashi are now both 6-time champions, they will not be meeting on this field of battle. Kobayashi is banned from the Nathan's contest, and has been since 2010, for refusing to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating.
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Happy Fourth of July!
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ROOKIE BLUE =D
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Nothing
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AMC wins that battle.

If you lived with me you'd be looking forward to new episodes of The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and Don't Trust the Bitch. As well as re-watching House from the beginning because I just got seasons 6 & 7 for £15.54, which is $22.18, which is a freaking steal!
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I love Independence Day!!!!! (The Movie) Because here in Australia its just any other Friday night in the middle of winter. But Hey I love that movie, I always have, however whenever President Bill Pullman does that awesome speech, I think about The Coach from Teen Wolf before the Lacrosse Game.
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Ah Independence Day, back when Colonel John Casey was a Major.
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The Republicans should put the coach on their ticket for President :)
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I love the movie too.
It is probably the best bad movie around.
Wall to wall cliché, but I always fall for it.
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None of the above
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Wow, slow day. I may actually turn off the TV and go outside... *snort* I almost said that with a straight face...
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Nothing...
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No Rookie Blue again!!!! >_<
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I will stare at a darkened screen and hope that the withdrawal will not be too severe
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Nothing. I guess this means I have to sophisticate myself by reading a book.
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A book? Is that like a TV script?
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Huh? Oh yeah, I kind of see your point. Pages, letters, grammar...I guess a book is similar to a TV script. And now that you brought it up, I realize books are a pretty interesting invention; a TV script is made longer by adding extra descriptive text between the lines, thus converting a TV episode into written form. What a nifty idea.
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I'll probably just catch up on Under the Dome and Twisted
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I'll read 1984 once more!
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ID4!!!!!!!
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Have a great day America! Here in Europe we'll probably be sleeping when you're partying and watching.
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A reading night and maybe a bit of Nintendo DS. If I can get my games back off the kids.
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In this times of NSA spying on us a good book could be 1984.
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reruns of Person of Interest, Elementary, Castle, NCIS, etc...
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I'm gonna go with Independence Day. For far too long I've been craving me some good scifi. And what better day to watch it on?
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rerun of Banner 4th of July on Hallmark Channel, because I like Brooke White and didn't know she was in it until Tuesday..

also, Chelsea Lately is a rerun.
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Who needs Bill Pullman to sell Independence Day (the movie), when you have Coach Finstock.
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Star Trek: TNG
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!
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Jeez, not much on tonight. I've had alot of time to myself recently with so little on tv, which is good seeing as I have a new puppy that demands some time and it's let me get some more reading done. But still, I would like to have at least one new episode of something one of these days.
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Maybe some of the 4th entertainment, though am hoping the skies are clear to enjoy some of it in person.
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