Full Schedule of Holiday TV Marathons to Watch on the 4th of July

The anniversary of America’s independence is a day of celebrations. From fireworks to laughter, networks go all out with television marathons for those who want to sit back and relax this Fourth of July holiday. 

MOVIES

Among the array of marathons set to air this long weekend, are fan-favorite movies like Captain America for those feeling patriotic on FX from 7 am until 12:30 am Friday. 

Nicolas Cage in “National Treasure” will try to unlock America’s mysteries on E! From 12 pm until 12 am Friday.

“Glory” with Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman will keep the patriotism going on Showtime at 22:35 PT. A story about an African-American regiment during the Civil War.

For those in the mood for action, “Air Force One” will air on Showtime at 8:30 am PT, while fans of Lethal Weapon can check out the marathon on A&E from 4:30 pm until 5 am Friday. 

Dinosaurs will be on the loose in Jurrasic Park from 11:43 am until 7:30 pm on USA, shortly after the “American Pie” movies finish on MTV2 having started at 6 am PT.

Lovers of Disney/Pixar films can get their fill on Freeform from 10 am until 11 pm, while Hallmark will have a 4th of July Wedding Movie Countdown.

DOCUMENTARIES

For history buffs, History Channel will air the Fourth-inspired miniseries “America: The Story of Us,” starting at 5 am PT. 

National Geographic, on the other hand, focuses on the American presidency in several shows about Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and John F. Kennedy in “The Real George Washington: Revealed” from Thursday at 12 pm PT.

FIREWORKS

Synonymous with the day’s celebrations is fireworks, and NBC’s annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” will kick off at 5 pm PT. The show will include musical performances by Khalid, and Luke Bryan before the magnificent display of fireworks start over the East River in New York City.

John Stamos is set to host this year’s PBS annual fireworks celebration in Washington, D.C. with “A Capitol Fourth” from 5 pm PT. Performers include Vanessa Williams, Carole King, and The O’Jays, while residents of “Sesame Street” will also attend.

REALITY TELEVISION

With a selection of reality TV marathons to choose from, lovers of pets can catch up on “The Incredible Dr. Pol” from 12 pm until 3 am Friday on NatGeo Wild.

Food fundies can watch “Chopped” on the Food Network from 2 pm until 10 pm while WEtv will focus on life after the crime with “Love After Lockup” starting at 10 am.

The skin doctor, Dr. Pimple Popper, kick off on TLC from 4 pm until 4 am Friday, while Dr. Phil will have his turn on OWN from 5 am until 3 pm.

“Outdaughtered” will air on TLC from 6 am until 11 am, and “Naked and Afraid” will round up Discovery’s marathon from 9 am until 4 am Friday.

DRAMAS

For those wanting to curl up on the couch and watch their favorite drama series, the popular “The Walking Dead” starts on AMC from 9 am until 3:10 am Friday. Ion will have a “Chicago P.D.” marathon beginning at 7 am, while “Claws” over at USA will air at 2:30 pm.

SALUTE TO AMERICA

President Trump’s Fourth of July event at the National Mall will be aired live by C-SPAN from 6:15 pm and Fox News will have a two-hour special on the event.

While NBC, CBS, and ABC confirmed to DailyMail that they wouldn’t cover the event entirely, the celebrations will air on their respective online streaming platforms. 

MSNBC might show clips of the event during its newscast but won't cover the event. CNN, however, had not shared their plans regarding the celebrations.

Relatedly, those who remember the series “JAG” can catch up on the hit show that preceded “NCIS.” WGN America will start airing all ten season on the 4th of July, and already fans of "JAG" are hoping for the show’s revamped return.

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