On TV tonight
2012 Hot Dog Eating Contest, 3 p.m., ESPN Five-time champ Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes last year, so if he does less than an even six-dozen, we'll be disappointed.
Independence Day, 8 p.m., AMC Because, well, duh.
A Capitol Fourth, 8 p.m., PBS Tom Bergeron's D.C. celebration features Megan Hilty, Javier Colon, Kool & the Gang, Kelli O'Hara and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, 9 p.m., NBC Who needs D.C., though? Go to New York and commercialize the holiday. That's the American way!
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, 10 p.m., CBS Or just watch Michael Chiklis introduce Jennifer Hudson and the Boston Pops in Beantown. It beats hunting down a parking spot for the local show.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org