Avoiding the outdoor crowd madness on July 4? Here are your options if you want to see a glorious view of fireworks from the comfort of your couch — up to you to decide whether you favor Barry Manilow or Kelly Clarkson:
“A Capitol Fourth” (PBS)
When: 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET
Host: Bradley Whitford of “The West Wing” (among other things).
Performers: Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, Meghan Linsey, KC and the Sunshine Band, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Extras: Robert Davi will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday.
“Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC)
When: 8 to 10 p.m. ET
Where: New York City
Hosts: Willie Geist and Tamron Hall of the “Today” show.
Performers: Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Flo Rida and Meghan Trainor.
Extras: Emilio and Gloria Estefan will debut their original song “America” featuring the U.S. Air Force Band. Plus, CeCe Winans and Rodney Atkins perform patriotic tunes.
“Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” (streams live on CBS Boston and Boston Pops July 4)
When: 8 p.m.
Performers: Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra; Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.
Random depressing fact: Instead of airing the Fireworks Spectacular on TV (CBS hasn’t had the broadcast rights for a few years), the network is burning off new episodes of canceled fall shows “The Millers” and “The McCarthys” from 8 to 10 p.m.