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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Happy 4th of July

It's the 4th of July, meaning parades, celebrations, fireworks, and not a whole lot on TV. But there are a few things. There are some fireworks celebrations – in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. – and a couple of movies that are notable. Enjoy the day.

1. Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Nick Cannon of America's Got Talent hosts this fireworks extravaganza from New York City. His wife, Mariah Carey, and Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw will perform. Will Mariah do it live this time or will she be caught lip synching again? It's probably a great time to lip synch it out, but everyone is going to be watching to see if she is. She'd be better off just singing live. 7:00 PM CT NBC

2. A Capitol Fourth. Tom Bregeron hosts this celebration form the Dapitol. Performers will include Barry Manilow, Candice Glover, Scotty McCreery, Darren Criss, Jackie Evancho, and Megan Hilty. 7:00 PM CT PBS

3. Philly 4th of July Jam. Yet another 4th of July celebration, this one coming out of Philadelphia. The performers will include The Roots, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter, and J. Cole. I don't know. 4th of July and Philly, I would have hoped to hear Elton John do Philadelphia Freedom. 7:00 PM CT VH1

4. The Music Man. What's your favorite Music Man song? 76 Trombones? Shipoopi? Gary, Indiana? Sing along with all of them tonight. I's the original movie starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Pert Kelton, and Ronny Howard. Yes, Ronny Howard, not Ron. 7:00 PM CT TCM

5. The Watch. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, and Rosemarie DeWitt star. A neighborhood watch group finds out their town is being taken over by aliens masquerading as regular suburban folk. Maybe it would be better if they'd masquerade as George Zimmerman. 8:00 PM CT HBO 2

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