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4th of July TV marathons: Chomp down on 'The Walking Dead,' fortify with 'The Twilight Zone'

The weekend of July 4th is a time for doing American things: grilling, watching fireworks, ignoring zoning restrictions and setting off your own fireworks. But shenanigans are tiring, you know? The sun will give you a sunburn. The grill will make your clothes smell like smoke. We at EW much prefer to test our endurance in other ways, mostly by watching TV.

There’s a whole set of marathons on for the weekend, some highly publicized (can you make it through three straight days of The Walking Dead?), some obscure and ready for love (a marathon of the animated Transformers series, which is surely better than seeing the new movie in theaters). We’ve compiled a list from Friday through Sunday below. Trust us, this is way better than a weekend at the beach. READ FULL STORY

'Pitch Perfect 2' boys get patriotic for Fourth of July


This Fourth of July, Elizabeth Banks is celebrating aca-America.

The director of Pitch Perfect 2 posted a video to her Facebook page of Skylar Astin and Ben Platt, who play Jesse and Benji in the movies, singing “America the Beautiful.”

The pair, dressed in maroon blazers–the signature for the Treblemakers, Barden University’s all-male a cappella group and rival to the Bellas–sing with an American flag behind them. Nothing says sings America quite like these two.

The video ends with a message: “Happy Fourth of July from Pitch Perfect 2.”

Would the Bellas like to challenge, perhaps bringing back “Party in the USA” as seen in the first flick? Keep your eyes aca-peeled. For now: READ FULL STORY

Baby, you're a firework: Check out some favorite fireworks in pop culture

The Fourth of July means many things: family, food, sun, shouts of “AMURRICA!” and maybe a mosquito bite or four. But more than anything, it’s fireworks that symbolize Fourth of July celebrations around the country — from the lakeside pier to sparklers in the backyard to the Statue of Liberty and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Movies, music videos, and TV shows have captured fireworks moments for generations, both to show emotion (sparks fly!) and of course to represent the holiday. We’ve put together a list of some of the most memorable firework moments in pop culture history below; make sure to let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite!

Fourth of July TV concerts and fireworks: Celebrate from the comfort of your couch

If you don’t live in one of the cities — New York, Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia — where the networks are planning to broadcast July 4 festivities —  or if you’re just not that interested in leaving the great air-conditioned indoors, TV offers several alternatives to the local fireworks displays.

The 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York hosted by Nick Cannon, features musical performances by Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Cher, Pitbull, and Selena Gomez. Despite the special’s star-studded lineup, the highlight is the fireworks show, this year entitled “It Begins with a Spark.” Curated by Usher, the pyrotechnic extravaganza will include over 40,000 fireworks over the Hudson River.

Not to be upstaged, the nation’s capitol will hold its own concert and fireworks show, fittingly titled, A Capitol FourthDancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron hosts and Barry Manilow headlines the PBS broadcast live from Washington, D.C., which includes additional performances by Neil Diamond, Scotty McCreery, Darren Criss, Megan Hilty, Motown the Musical, John Williams, and more.

VH1 is set to air Philly 4th of July Jam, the largest free outdoor Fourth of July concert in the country. Hosted by actor-comedian Kevin Hart and featuring homegrown house band The Roots, the exhibition will showcase sets from Jill Scott, J. Cole, Grace Potter, John Mayer, and Ne-Yo. The show was originally slated to feature Demi Lovato as well, but due to strep throat, she’s cancelled her appearance. Rising country star Hunter Hayes takes her place to round out the night’s performances.

Check out the listings to watch these bombastic displays of patriotism, music, and pretty lights in the sky.
NBC: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (Live 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Repeat 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET)
PBS: A Capitol Fourth (Live 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET. Repeat 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. )
VH1: Philly 4th of July Jam (Live 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

San Diego fireworks go boom -- all at once

Fourth of July spectators in San Diego were either incredibly disappointed or overjoyed when the annual Big Bay Boom extravaganza began and ended early after a technical malfunction caused all the pyrotechnics to ignite all at once. The 18-minute show began five minutes before schedule and lasted about 15 seconds. Despite the show’s brevity, the massive ball of apocalyptic-looking explosions was breathtaking in their own right.

The Big Bay Boom is one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the nation and regularly attracts half a million spectators. This year’s 12th annual spectacle was advertised as ”bigger and more intense than in past years.” At least they nailed the “intense” part.

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