What to Watch on the 4th of July 

ALTThere’s a lot that makes America great. (But, take our word on this, if you don’t want an earful, don’t ask Jeff Daniels to explain what that is.) For us here at Hollywood.com, it’s fireworks, cookouts, and celebrating our independence… by staying inside and enjoying one of our greatest freedoms: watching television. Whether you’re trying to find a way to beat the excessive heat and watch fireworks from the comfort of your air conditioned living room, or just actively attempting avoid your friends and loved ones, there’s a surprising amount of good TV this 4th of July. Here’s your best bets for maximum July 4th viewing: 

If You Ate One Too Many Hot Dogs: We promise you, you absolutely didn’t even eat even close to those competing in this year’s Nathan’s Famous July 4 International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Feel better about your own glutton-fest by tuning into the nauseatingly awesome competitive eating contest at 3 PM on ESPN. 
If You Agree That Katy Perry’s “Firework” Is the Only Non-Patriotic Acceptable 4th of July Anthem: Because, and we cannot stress this enough, people, Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born in the USA,” is a great song, but not an appropriate one for Independence Day. Please, go back and really listen. (Don’t make that mistake, Glee kids!) Enjoy Katy Perry‘s Grammy-winning ear worm, this time with actual fireworks (it’s so literal) when she performs the hit on NBC’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at 9 PM ET. 

If You’re Cranky About the State of the Union: No, don’t tune into Fox News or CNN as that most certainly won’t help matters. Instead, watch the latest installment of The Soup on E! (10 PM ET) and watch Joel McHale be rightfully curmudgeonly towards all the worst people in America: reality stars!
If You Want to Be a “True American” On the 4th of July: Take a refresher course on how play the greatest game in the history of television and America when Fox airs a mini-New Girl marathon starting at 8 PM ET. Just don’t tell Schmidt about all those hot dogs you ate. He treats his body like a temple, you treat it like garbage. 
If You Want to Pay Tribute to a National Treasure: The Style network is re-running the late, great Nora Ephron‘s romantic comedy classic Sleepless in Seattle at 11:30 PM ET. 
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