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July 4 TV shows and marathons

Christopher Reeve in a scene from the 1978

Christopher Reeve in a scene from the 1978 film "Superman" Photo Credit: AP

Declare independence from viewing on July 4? Most TV fans won't hear of it. The tube hosts too many holiday marathons to take in while readying the barbecue or cooling down the kids.

Among our suggestions:


'The Revolution' (7 a.m.-8 p.m., History) — Revisit our 18th century war for independence in this 2006 docuseries.

'The Revolutionary War' (starts 11 a.m., restarts 5 p.m., Military) — Or save time with this six-hour '90s docuseries.

All-American movies (all day on Turner Classic Movies) — Films include "John Paul Jones" (12:45 p.m.), the musical "1776" (5 p.m.) and a night of music-related biopics: James Cagney in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (8 p.m.) and "Stars and Stripes Forever" (10:15 p.m.). More titles at

More Americana — "Aerial America" (6 a.m.-8 p.m., New York at 10 a.m., Smithsonian); "The Presidents" (7 a.m.-2 p.m., partial 3-8 p.m., H2); Paul Giamatti as "John Adams" (10 a.m.-7 p.m., HBO); "America: The Story of Us" (8 p.m.-midnight, H2).


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