In keeping with the spirit of the 4th of July, TV programming leans towards the patriotic tonight. Audiences might expect fewer premieres and new episodes of their favorites – it is a holiday, after all. Today is a time when many will be watching fireworks, or grilling hot dogs – but there is still plenty of exciting shows and movies to see. In particular, audiences who would prefer to watch their 4th of July fun are in for a treat. So, celebrate America by exercising your freedom to unwind with a great series, live event, or film on TV.
Pick of the Day
“House Hunters (HGTV)” at 10pm ET
For many, this long-running home improvement show has become a household name since it first aired in 1999. “House Hunters” stars Andromeda Dunker, Suzanne Whang, and Heather Atwood-Maher as they guide families into purchasing their dream homes, choosing one out of a handful that they tour. It isn’t exactly a reality series, since the show actually features contestants who have already purchased the home in question. That doesn’t really matter, though, given how extraordinarily entertaining “House Hunters” always is.
“Clique (POP)” at 8 & 9pm ET
The British thriller series returns for Season 3 and looks as glamorous, moody and vengeful as ever. Following Holly McStay (Synnove Karlsen), a University of Edinburgh attendee who just wants to live as a normal student, but finds herself in a world of hard partying and dark secrets. Last season, she almost killed a man. How will the series top that in this latest installment? According to the Pop website, Holly is expected to be the center of a major campus scandal, yet again. Tune in to POP for double the trouble at 8 & 9pm ET.
“Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC)” at 8pm ET
This year marks the 43rd year of the department store’s “Fireworks Spectacular.” Starting at 9:20pm ET, audiences can watch a magical fireworks display off of the Brooklyn Bridge as it dazzles from the comfort of their own homes. It is the largest fireworks display in the U.S. Tune in to NBC at 8pm for pre-fireworks excitement, and at 9:20pm for the spectacular showcase.
“A Capitol Fourth (PBS)” at 8pm ET
The PBS broadcast is the longest-running live TV 4th of July celebration, commenorating its 39th edition. There will be music, fireworks, and also Emmy award nominee John Stamos, who will return this year as host, on the west lawn of the nation’s Capitol Building. Tune in to PBS at 8pm for the red, white and blue fun.
“Dr. Pimple Popper: Red, White & Ewww (TLC)” at 8pm ET
And the award for best episode title goes to ”Dr. Pimple Popper!” In this special, the reality show takes viewers through inflamed pimple extractions. The series is satisfying to watch, and many will be peering at their television screens through hands covering their eyes. “Dr. Pimple Popper” is a bit bloody, and sometimes elicits a few gasps and “ewws,” and that’s where the fun lies. Tune in to TLC at 8pm ET.
“What Happened on July 4th? (ID)” at 9pm ET
At a first read of the title, this special looked like it might have been an historical documentary. But this ID special is actually a true crime thriller, about a girl who goes missing from her family’s 4th of July barbecue. A possible culprit? Well, 14-year-old Ashley Summers had just begun a relationship with a new, mysterious boyfriend. It’s a 4th of July horror story. Tune in to find out more at 9pm ET on ID.
Movies on TV
“National Treasure” is a good choice to screen on the 4th of July. Starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha as they try to steal the Declaration of Independence from unwieldy hands. It’s perfect for history lovers (even if there are a number of historical inaccuracies). It’s Nicolas Cage at his most eccentric and conspiratorial. Tune in to E! At 6pm ET.
Have you ever wondered what your pets do all day when you’re away? If so, then FXM has the film for you. The network will be screening the very family-friendly “The Secret Life of Pets” tonight at 7pm ET. The popular animated film follows a spirited group of friends consisting of a Jack Russell Terrier, dachshund, pug, tabby cat and even a Budgerigar bird, and more, who all live in a Manhattan apartment building. Chaos ensues as the gang meets some rough-and-tumble feral animals who live in a sewer. Don’t walk, run, to catch the film at 7pm ET.
There aren’t as many new episodes as usual, but there are still plenty of the scheduled suspects if you are looking for a break from 4th of July content. From “The Dead Files” to “Naked and Afraid XL,” look no further for high octane television.
- “Elementary (CBS)” at 10pm ET
- “The Real Housewives of New York City (BRAVO)” at 10pm ET
- “Bunk’d (DISNEY)” at 8pm ET
- “Untold Stories of the ER: Didn’t See it Coming (DLIF)” at 8pm ET
- “Untold Stories of the ER: Labor Pains (DLIF)” at 9pm ET
- “Untold Stories of the ER: Celebration Stoppers (DLIF)” at 10pm ET
- “Untold Stories of the ER: Craziest Cases (DLIF)” at 11pm ET
- “Naked and Afraid XL (DSC)” at 9pm ET
- “Mountain Men: Fully Loaded (HIST)” at 8pm ET
- “What Happened on July 4th? (ID)” at 9pm ET
- “The Dead Files (TRAVEL)” at 8pm ET
- “Love after Lockup: Life After Lockup (WE)” at 9pm ET
- “Beat Bobby Flay (FOOD)” at 10pm ET
- “Let Freedom Sing Concert (CMT)” at 10pm ET
- “4th of July Murder, Lt. Joe Kenda Investigates (ID)” at 10pm ET