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Fourth of July weekend is a time for celebrating all that this great country has given us with friends, family and food. But if you’re more of a fan of air conditioning, comfortable couches and popcorn than you are of sunburns, crowds and BBQs, you may want to spend some time curled up in front of the TV or inside a nice, cool movie theater this weekend.
Here, The Hollywood Reporter highlights all the best offerings in film and television for your patriotic enjoyment.
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC): 8 p.m. July 4
- Nick Cannon hosts with Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Cher, Pitbull and Selena Gomez performing.
Philly Fourth of July Jam (VH1): 8 p.m. July 4
- Kevin Hart hosts. The Roots, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter and J. Cole perform.
A Capitol Fourth (PBS): 8 p.m. July 4
- Tom Bergeron hosts. Barry Manilow, Candice Glover, Scotty McCreery, Darren Criss, Jackie Evancho and Megan Hilty are among the perfomers.
The Andy Griffith Show (TV Land): 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 3-5
Duck Dynasty (A&E): 7 p.m. July 3 to 4:02 a.m. July 4
Tia & Tamera (Style Network): July 4
Aerial America (Smithsonian Channel): midnight July 4 to 6 a.m. July 5
BBQ Pitmasters (Destination America): 6 a.m. July 4 to 6 a.m. July 5
“Explosive Love” marathon (Investigation Discovery): 6 a.m. July 4 to 4 a.m. July 5
- Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry: 6-8 a.m.; Scorned: Love Kills: 8 a.m.-noon; Poisoned Passions: noon-3 p.m.; Fatal Vows: 3-6 p.m.; Happily Never After: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Scorned: Love Kills: 2-4 a.m.
“Music Independence Day” (MTV, CMT and VH1): 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 4
- The three Viacom networks will devote an entire day to music featuring established and up-and-coming artists.
NCIS (USA Network): 6 a.m. July 4 to 4 a.m. July 5
Ultimate Spider-Man (Disney XD): 7 a.m. to noon July 4
Castle (TNT): 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 4
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC): 2 p.m. July 4 to 2 a.m. July 5
Independence Day (A&E): 8 p.m. July 4, 5 p.m. July 6, 2 p.m. July 7
Law & Order: SVU (USA Network): 6 a.m. July 5 to 1 a.m. July 6, 9 a.m. July 6 to 2 a.m. July 7
Warehouse 13 (Syfy): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5
Swamp People (History Channel): 7 a.m. July 4 to 4:02 a.m. July 5
Star Trek: The Next Generation (BBC America): 8 a.m. July 4 to 6 a.m. July 5, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 5
The Twilight Zone (Syfy): 8 a.m. July 4 to 6 a.m. July 5
- Episodes include “Time Enough at Last,” “It’s a Good Life,” “The Eye of the Beholder” and “To Serve Man.”
The First 48 (A&E): 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 4
Wicked Tuna (National Geographic Channel): 9 a.m. July 4 to 3 a.m. July 5
Beverly Hills, 90210 (SoapNet): 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4
- Episodes include “Beach Blanket Brandon,” “The Party Fish,” “Summer Storm,” “Misery Loves Company,” “The Twins, the Trustee and the Very Big Trip” and “Castles in the Sand.”
North America (Animal Planet): 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 4
National Treasure double feature (ABC Family): noon to 8 p.m. July 4
The Walking Dead (AMC): July 4-7
- Season one: 1 p.m. July 4 to 3 a.m. July 5; season two: 1 p.m. July 5 to 2:48 a.m. July 6; season three: 1 p.m. July 6 to 12:30 a.m. July 7, 1 to 9 p.m. July 7.
“Marvelously Looney” marathon (The Hub): 3 to 6:30 p.m. July 4
- Episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures and The Superhero Squad.
Property Wars (Discovery Channel): 5 p.m. July 4 to 3 a.m. July 5
Magic City (Starz): 9 p.m. to midnight July 5
“Jump the Shark” marathon (Cloo): 6 a.m. July 5 to 6 a.m. July 6
- Episodes from Happy Days, Get Smart, Bosom Buddies, Family Ties, Laverne & Shirley, Mannix, House, The Unit, Mork & Mindy and Charlie’s Angels.
The Unit (Cloo): 6 a.m. July 6 to 6 a.m. July 7
Pirates of the Caribbean marathon (ABC Family): July 6-7
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Cloo): 6 a.m. July 7 to 4 a.m. July 8
Border Wars (National Geographic Channel): noon to 9 p.m. July 7
Pawn Stars (History Channel): 7 p.m. July 6 to 4:02 a.m. July 7
“Rom Com Marathom” (MTV): noon to 11 p.m. July 7
- Clueless, 13 Going on 30, She’s the Man and four new Girl Code episodes.
FILMS IN THEATERS
Despicable Me 2
The minions are back in this family-friendly sequel. This time, the yellow goofballs are helping their ex-villain leader Gru (Steve Carell) defeat other bad guys out there causing trouble.
The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer portray Tonto and the Lone Ranger, respectively, in this big action-adventure pic based on the classic radio and TV program.
Becoming a box-office success its first weekend out, The Heat warmed audiences with its laugh-out-loud physical humor and hilarious stars, Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. They play a cop and an FBI agent, respectively, who have to team up to solve some crime and kick some butt.
White House Down
Admission to the White House-under-siege action film will be free to veterans and active members of the armed services on July 4. It stars Channing Tatum as an aspiring Secret Service agent who has to help rescue the president (Jamie Foxx) from terrorists in the White House.
The holiday weekend provides a great opportunity to catch up on some world-saving films you may not have had time for earlier this summer, including Man of Steel, World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness.
E-mail: Philiana.Ng@THR.com; Rebecca.Ford@THR.com
Twitter: @insidethetube; @BeccaMFord
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