2015 Independence Day Programming

This weekend, it’s time to celebrate the United States of America! Saturday is the Fourth of July, and across the country people will be partaking in various fun-filled festivities for the holiday.

Many U.S.A.-themed movies and TV specials will be airing all-day on July 4th, here’s a look at what’s on the schedule. All times are EST.

Live Events

*8 p.m. “A Capital Fourth,” PBS. This special features numerous musical performances from artists such as Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nichole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes and others, all from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

*8 p.m. “Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” NBC. In addition to fireworks that will feature 50,000 pyrotechnic effects, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor and many more musicians will perform.

“I think the story that we’re going to tell is going to be a beautiful one and we’re going to do the country proud,” executive producer Amy Kule said.


1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m. “Independence Day,” AMC. In this 1996 sci-fi classic, Capt. Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and satellite technician David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) assist President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) in battling an alien threat to Earth.

TCM will be broadcasting patriotic films for most of the day.

11:45 a.m. “The Scarlet Coat,” TCM. U.S. Maj. John Bolton (Cornel Wilde) and British Maj. John Andre (Michael Wildling) engage one another during the Revolutionary War.

1:30 p.m. “The Devil’s Disciple,” TCM. As the Revolutionary War unfolds, the Rev. Anthony Anderson (Burt Lancaster) and an outcast (Kirk Douglas) must make bold decisions.

3 p.m. “1776,” TCM. In this 1972 musical, members of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia (William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard) attempt to come together for independence.

8 p.m. “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” TCM. James Cagney stars as beloved Broadway musical writer George M. Cohan in this 1942 Academy Award-winning picture.

10:15 p.m. “The Music Man,” TCM. Salesman Harold Hill (Robert Preston) travels to various towns, conducting a band-inspired hoax against the residents.

Author: Brian Cameron
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