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Here's What to Watch During the 4th of July Weekend

For many, 4th of July celebrations look a lot different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but if you plan on staying indoors, no worries — there’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of your living room.

From a blockbuster Broadway show to virtual barbecues, here’s all of the July 4-related content you can tune into during the holiday weekend.


July 3: Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion will rock out from their backyards for the iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday (July 3) the CW Network, as well as on iHeartCountry stations nationwide. The special will replay throughout the holiday weekend on CWTV.com and on iHeartCountry stations across the country.

You won’t need to wait for it any longer, as the original Broadway production of Hamilton will hit Disney+ on Friday (July 3). (Disney originally planned to bring the Hamilton film to the big screen in North American on Oct. 15, 2021.)

July 4: John Legend, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady A and many more are set to take the stage during NBC’s 44th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. It’s set to air Saturday (July 4) at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. An encore presentation of the event will follow from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

CNN’s The Fourth in America, a primetime special which hopes to honor Americans, demand equality and pay tribute to those on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, will feature tons of artists. Andy Grammar, Barry Manilow, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Carlos and Cindy Santana, CeCe Winans, Don McLean, Harlem Gospel Choir, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, The O’Jays, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo as well as The Original Broadway Cast of Girl From the North Country are all scheduled to perform. CNN’s The Fourth in America will stream live from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. ET for subscribers on CNN.com’s homepage and via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo.

PBS will air the 40th anniversary presentation of A Capital Fourth on Saturday (July 4) from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET/7 central. The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide and will steam on Facebook, YouTube and the PBS website. Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, Renée Fleming, The Temptations, Trace Adkins, Andy Grammer, Yolanda Adams, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Gonzalez and members of the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly will all perform.

Earth, Wind & Fire will launch a virtual dance party on Saturday (July 4) beginning at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET on YouTube and Facebook. The online series, called Saturdaze Summer 2020, will take place every Saturday through the end of July and feature guest DJs spinning their favorite EWF songs. Guests include DJ DNice, along with EWF co-founders Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson. The digital event is aiming to raise funds for various charities and foundations, starting with Black Lives Matters chapters in Denver and Chicago.

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