What to Watch Tonight: Marathons and Fireworks!

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What to watch on Wednesday, July 4...

Happy birthday, America! However shall we celebrate? By staying indoors to watch TV marathons and such! And also fireworks—in fact, if you play your cards right, you can watch fireworks for three hours straight. The emphasis today is on staying indoors, though. It's scary out there, outside that front door. So here's what's on TV:

LIVE FIREWORKS, 8pm, PBS
A Capitol Fourth
Hosted by Tom Bergeron, A Capitol Fourth features a live concert with a special tribute to the U.S. Olympic team, and kicks off the night's televised fireworks display straight from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Guests include Matthew Broderick, Phillip Phillips, Megan Hilty, Apolo Ohno, and composer John Williams. Not a bad start, eh?

LIVE FIREWORKS, 9pm, NBC
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Now for Manhattan's attempt at fireworks greatness: As usual, the city is prepared to celebrate in mainstream style. With a theme called "Ignite the Night," the 36th annual fireworks display will be accompanied by performers like Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. But wait—who's slated to perform to represent the hipster boroughs?!

LIVE FIREWORKS, 10pm, CBS
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
July 4th is no laughing matter to the city Paul Revere called home, so Boston, of course, will keep it classy tonight. The world-famous Boston Pops will perform alongside Jennifer Hudson as a precursor to an explosive fireworks display. Keith Lockhart will direct the orchestra, Michael Chiklis will host the televised production, and the epic crescendo of fireworks at the end of the night will light up the Charles River Esplanade as thousands gather to watch. "Ooooh, ahhhhh..."

SIXTEEN-HOUR MARATHON, 8am, SCIENCE
Firefly
Holy moly, it's yet another Firefly Fourth of July marathon (I guess last year's went well). It's especially appropriate this year, though, because it marks the series' tenth anniversary. Can you believe it? We've been whining about this show being off the air for almost ten years! Science, the network, will air all fourteen episodes of the series' infamous first season from 8am through 10pm. Re-live the space cowboy magic!

FIVE-HOUR MARATHON PRECEDING THE NEWEST EPISODE at 10pm, TNT
Dallas
Starting at 5pm, TNT will air every single episode of this year's "continuation"—there are five total. The mini-marathon will be followed by an all-new episode called "Truth and Consequences," which is strikingly similar to the name of a popular radio drama in the 1940s. History lessons! In tonight's new episode, Christopher and Rebecca begin to feel a strain in their relationship as Christopher decides not to play nice guy anymore. Ann requests the help of a friend from her past, and the South Fork deed is officially revealed. So much drama!

NINE-HOUR MARATHON, 10am, HBO
John Adams
How appropriate: HBO will re-air the entire John Adams series—you remember, it's the one about John Adams and his involvement in the Revolutionary War, and features such characters as Paul Revere, John Hancock, and those blasted British soldiers! So just in case you stopped paying attention to history lectures in first grade, here's a dramatic reenactment of why we get to eat heaping amounts of corn-on-the-cob every year on exactly July 4.

PLUS ALL NEW EPISODES OF...
American Guns, 9 p.m., Discovery
America's Lost Treasures,
SEASON PREMIERE, 9 p.m., NatGeo
Hollywood Exes
, 9 p.m., VH1
Hollywood Heights, 9 p.m., Nickelodeon
Property Brothers, 9 p.m., HGTV
Fast N' Loud, 10 p.m., Discovery
Final Witness, 10 p.m., ABC
Futurama, 10 p.m., Comedy Central
House Hunters, 10 p.m., HGTV
The Real World, 10 p.m., MTV
The Soul Man, 10 p.m., TV Land
The Soup, 10 p.m., E!
Twintervention, 10 p.m., TLC
House Hunters International, 10:30 p.m., HGTV
The Exes, 10:30 p.m., TV Land

ALL-DAY MARATHONS:
Cake Boss, 8am, TLC (until 12pm)
House Hunters, 8am, HGTV (until 5pm)
I Love Lucy, 8am, TV Land (until 1PM)
Star Trek: The Next Generation, 8am, BBC (until 5am Friday morning)
The Game, 8am, BET (until midnight)
The Revolution, 8am, HIST (until 8pm)
The Twilight Zone, 8am, Syfy (until 5am Friday morning)
Band of Brothers, 9am, Spike (until 6pm)
Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, 9am, G4 (until 2am the next morning)
Brothers & Sisters, 10am, SOAP (until 7pm)
Dancing with the Stars, 9am, GSN (until 3pm)
Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, 9am, ID (until 3am the next morning)
America's Got Talent, 10am, Oxygen (until 7pm)
Kendra on Top, 10am, WE (until 6pm)
NCIS, 10pm, USA (until 11pm—and again from 2pm-10pm)
The Mentalist, 10am, TNT (until 5pm)
America's Funniest Home Videos, 11am, ABC Family (until midnight)
American Greed, 11am, CNBC (until 6pm)
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, 11am, Food (until 7pm)
Sons of Guns, 11am, Discovery (until 4pm)
United Tastes of America, 12pm, Cooking (until 8pm)
Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding, 2pm, Bravo (until 7pm)
Undercover Boss, 2pm, TLC (until 10pm)
American Guns, 5pm, Discovery (all the way through until the new episode at 9pm).

 

MOVIES:
Spider-Man 2, 12 noon, FX (immediately followed by Spider-Man 3)
Top Gun, 1 p.m., TVGuide
Lars and the Real Girl, 1:30 p.m., TMC
Exit Through the Gift Shop, 3:30 p.m., TMC
Sleepless in Seattle, 5 p.m., Style
Bad Teacher, 5:30 p.m., Starz
Star Wars IV: A New Hope, 6 p.m., Spike
8 Mile, 6:30 p.m., MTV
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, 7:05 p.m., Starz
Fools Rush In, 7:30 p.m., Style
Bridget Jones's Diary, 9:30 p.m., Style


A sidenote FYI: The late-night talk shows are taking the week off to observe the July 4th holiday.


What are you watching tonight?

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