TV critics picks, July 4

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 3, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Fireworks and funny videos fill the lineup.

Fireworks explode in the sky above the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol .

Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images via PBS

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Homemade high jinks

Sure, you can watch people making idiots of themselves anytime on YouTube, but isn't it more fun when the ridicule is being led by Tom Bergeron? The "Dancing With the Stars" host oversees a 12-hour marathon of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (10 a.m., ABC Family).

Treasure hunt

The few collectors who haven't already been assessed by "Antiques Roadshow" may be lining up to be part of "America's Lost Treasures" (8 p.m., NGC), a 10-part competition series in which hosts Curt Doussett and Kinga Philipps travel to 10 cities to find the most valuable keepsake being stashed in someone's attic.

Declarations of independence

Those wanting some patriotic music and fireworks without having to battle the elements and crowds can celebrate the holiday through television. On-air parties include "A Capitol Fourth" (8 p.m., KTCA, Ch. 2), featuring a salute to the U.S. Olympics Team, "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" (8 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11), hosted by original Founding Father Regis Philbin, and "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" (9 p.m., WCCO, Ch. 4), which will be a live broadcast.

 

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