While a long holiday weekend is all about traveling to some destination other than home, there are plenty of us that love a staycation on the couch and this holiday weekend is full of offerings for just about everybody! Let’s take a look at some of the firework highlights and marathons of your favorite shows to binge on this weekend.
“Macy’s Fireworks:” If you need your fireworks to also have a touch of celebrity sparkle, this year’s live broadcast of the “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” features performances by Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert and Lionel Richie. Hosted by “America’s Got Talent’s” Nick Cannon, the show will air Friday, July 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) with an encore presentation at 10 p.m.highlighting the second hour of the special. The Brooklyn Bridge will serve as a dramatic stage for dazzling pyrotechnics as the 38th annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” returns to the East River.
“A Capital Fourth” (PBS): For something a little more refined (can fireworks really be refined?), check out “A Capital Fourth,” which celebrates the 238th birthday of our United States with two-time Emmy winner Tom Bergeron hosting the festivities. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the event will feature performances by Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt and Kelli O’Hara; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Also, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, composer John Williams will debut a special arrangement for orchestra and chorus of the “Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets. (July 4th, 8pm on PBS)
Christmas In June on ABC Family app: It may be hot outside but if you’re hankering for colder weather and the warmth that comes with the holidays, then download the ABC Family app where a plethora of holiday movies like “A Very Brady Christmas,” Jenny McCarthy starring in both “Santa Baby” movies and “Holiday In Handcuffs” with Melissa Joan Hart and hunky Mario Lopez are all there to take in. For more information on the ABC Family app, visit the website.
“Seinfeld” Marathon On TBS: This marathon celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of my favorite sitcoms of all time kicked off earlier this week but goes through July 5th. 4 episodes are airing each night at 6pm including, on the last night, the episodes widely considered to be the most memorable, ”The Contest,” “The Outing,” “The Junior Mint,” “The Puffy Shirt” and ”The Yada Yada.” Feel free to use the hashtag #Seinfeld25 if you want to spread the “Seinfeld” love on social media.
Gay TV On Logo: The gay network has two marathons of classic gay-centric series over the long weekend. Watch the adventures of the lower middle class with the Connors with a group of episodes of “Roseanne” on July 4th from 2pm – 8pm and then you can binge watch your favorite Drag Queens with a marathon of “RuPaul AllStars” on Sunday, July 6th from 6am – 1:30pm.
‘The Walking Dead” What gets you in the Fourth Of July spirit like…zombies? If it’s from the AMC hit series, the answer is yes so the network is bringing you the “Dead White and Blue Marathon” which will be a marathon from Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6 with all four seasons of the series, back to back, beginning July 4th at 9am. The marathon weekend culminates with a “Talking Dead” Season 5 Preview Special hosted by Chris Hardwick, on Sunday, July 6 at 9:00pm ET/PT, featuring “The Walking Dead” showrunner and EP Scott M. Gimple and actress Aisha Tyler.
“NCIS” & “Modern Family:” If you need a dose of procedural action headed by Mark Harmon and gang, then USA is the place for you with a marathon of episodes of the long-running hit that starts at 6am and goes all the way to 8pm. But the fun doesn’t stop there because after the “NCIS” marathon wraps up, it’s time to check in with the Dunphys, Pritchetts and Pritchett-Tuckers with back-to-back episodes of “Modern Family” from 8pm to midnight. Score!
“The Andy Griffith Show:” Need a bit more nostalgia? Then let’s go back to a simpler time and simpler place – Mayberry to be exact – with a marathon throughout the weekend on TVLand. On Friday, July 4th, watch episodes from 9am – 9pm, then more episodes air on July 5th from 6am – 4pm and, if that’s not enough, you get more on Sunday, July 6th from 6am – 4pm.
Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone!!
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