* A hot dog-eating contest on ESPN.

* Nationals baseball on WDCA.

* "A Capitol Fourth" on WETA.

* Followed by "D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza" on WETA.


Hot Dog Eating Contest. Frank-chomping champ Takeru Kobayashi goes for his fifth straight title in the annual contest held at Nathan's Famous on Coney Island (ESPN at noon).

Baseball. New York Mets at Washington (Channel 20 at 1); Baltimore at New York Yankees (CSN at 1); Boston at Texas (ESPN at 8).

Fourth of July Specials

A Capitol Fourth. Singers Gloria Estefan, the Beach Boys, Ronan Tynan and others perform live alongside the National Symphony Orchestra on the grounds of the Capitol. Hosted by Barry Bostwick (Channel 26 at 8).

Macy's Fourth of July Spectacular features performances by Mariah Carey and fireworks over New York(Channel 4 at 9).

D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza showcases the holiday display live from the Mall (Channel 26, 9:30).

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre. Host Jeff Foxworthy salutes the troops at the historic location alongside Geena Davis, Hilary Duff and others (Channel 7 at 10).

Fireworks Spectacular. Another fireworks showcase -- this time from Boston (Channel 9 at 10).

Late Night

Charlie Rose (R). With David McCullough, author of "1776" (Channel 32 at 11 and Channel 26 at midnight).

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (R). With Lindsay Lohan, Jeremy Piven and music by the Backstreet Boys (Channel 4, 11:35).

Late Show With David Letterman (R). With Martin Short and Elisha Cuthbert (Channel 9, 11:35).

-- Chris Richards

Having a blast: "A Capitol Fourth" returns tonight at 8 on Channel 26.