Rather than sticking to their regular schedules, lots of channels are anticipating that your Fourth of July will start with you melting into your couch while binge-watching an all-day marathon of your favorite show. So, here is a selection of what you can watch before the traditional fireworks fare:
To begin with what might be the most beautifully twisted of them all, “The Twilight Zone” (Syfy) marathon kicks off at 8 a.m. and runs until the fireworks start.
The History Channel gets patriotic with “America: The Story of Us” airing consecutively from 7 a.m. until “American Pickers” picks up at 7 p.m.
Because nothing’s more American than a bunch of zombies, AMC is bringing you “Dead, White and Blue,” a holiday-weekend-long “The Walking Dead” marathon that starts at 9 a.m. with the series premiere and goes through all four seasons of the show back-to-back until the Season 4 finale Sunday night.
Over on MTV, an “Awkward” marathon starts at 11:30 a.m. Then, “Catfish: The TV Show,” the “reality” program starring young people who apparently don’t know how to use the Internet yet, takes over at 6 p.m.
Food Network celebrates America’s independence with Guy Fieri’s frosted tips and a “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” marathon starting at 6 p.m.
The entire first season of “Masters of Sex” airs on Showtime starting at 6 p.m. to ensure that everyone is caught up before the show’s return July 13.
Now for your classic Fourth of July celebrations: “A Capitol Fourth” (MPT, WETA and WHUT at 8) features the National Symphony Orchestra, Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt, Kelli O’Hara and, most notable, the opportunity to watch D.C.’s fireworks live without having to schlep all the way to the Mall.
Live from New York, the “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC at 8) has performances from Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert and Lionel Richie.
Meanwhile, the “Philly 4th of July Jam” (VH1 at 8) caters to a hipper audience with performances from the Roots, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Aloe Blacc.
On the late night (rerun) front, flawless man Channing Tatum and journalist Joshua Topolsky come to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with comedy from Julian McCullough.
Comedians Martin Short and John Oliver are on the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), along with a musical performance from Spanish Gold.