The ninth A&E Network presentation of "Pop Goes the Fourth!" will celebrate America's birthday from the Hatch Shell on the banks of Boston's Charles River Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The three-hour program focuses on the Boston Pops Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart conducting, and will feature Trisha Yearwood, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Boston Pops Gospel Choir and members of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.
The program also includes the regular sing-along, Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" and Tchaikovsky's "1812" overture with Seiji Ozawa conducting in celebration of his 25th year with the Boston Symphony. The special rendition will include cannons and church bells.
Jack Perkins and Mary Richardson host the event, co-produced with WCVB and concluding with the Boston fireworks gala. Repeats at 10:30 p.m.
3 Sunday on TLC at 6 p.m., a special Independence Day set of four shows under the umbrella title "The Explosion Files." The block starts with three episodes of "Blast Masters: The Science of Explosion": At 6, "On Active Duty" goes behind the scenes with counterterrorists; at 7, "Anatomy of an Explosion" explores the natural source of explosive power; at 8, "Productive Detonations" looks at useful explosions such as blowing up old buildings and mining.
At 9, "World's Most . . . Powerful Explosions" includes a gas station eruption in downtown Seoul and goes inside ground zero of a nuclear blast.
Sunday on Showtime at 10 p.m., "The Hoop Life," a new series that looks at the high-stakes game of pro basketball on and off the court. Mykelti Williamson, Rick Peters, Cirroc Lofton, Dan Lauria and Dorian Harewood star.
Monday on Discovery Channel at 8 p.m., history set in stone is the theme of two special shows. First is "On the Inside: Mount Rushmore," profiling the 1927 Black Hills project that portrays the faces of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Because the Sioux tribes consider the Black Hills sacred, the landmark has become controversial.
At 9, "Secrets of the Great Wall" tells stories about China's 30-foot high wall that rambles for 4,500 miles. The shows repeat at 11 p.m. and midnight.
Friday on TLC at 9 p.m., two programs make up the "TLC Beach Party": "Beach Crazy" examines the beach life from major cities such as Miami, New York's Coney Island and Australia's Bondi Beach to remote island beaches at such locations as Maui, Bali and Tahiti. At 10, "Surfers" looks at a multimillion-dollar industry in which the best get paid to ride the waves.
Saturday on Fox Family Channel at noon, "Christmas in July," the start of nearly 40 hours of Christmas movies and specials and another 22 hours of themed daytime programs, ending Friday, July 16, at 11 p.m.
Saturday on Disney Channel at 7 p.m., "Backstreet Boys in Concert" a one-hour show taped at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City and featuring the pop sensations' hit "I Want It That Way." Repeats at 9:40 p.m. and July 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23.
Saturday on Starz! at 8 p.m., the premiere of "Boy Meets Girl," a romantic comedy that sends a magical spell of love through an Italian neighborhood. Sean Astin, Joe Mantegna and Kate Nelligan star with newcomer Emily Hampshire.
Saturday on A&E Network at 9 p.m., "Inspector Morse: Day of the Devil," with John Barrie as a dangerous mental patient who turns up on Morse's patch. Repeats at 1 a.m.
Saturday on HBO at 11:15 p.m., "Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker," a special from New York's Apollo Theater in which the comedian offers his views on social, political and racial issues. Repeats: July 13, 16, 19, 22, 25 and 29.
CAPTION: Trisha Yearwood sings with the Boston Pops Orchestra at the annual "Pop Goes the Fourth!" concert Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on A&E Network.