Fourth of July sports schedule: what to watch on Independence Day? Wimbledon, Nathans Hot Dog Contest, MLB
The long Fourth of July will come to a close with a full slate of sports packed in from the early morning in Wimbledon to late night baseball out west.
If you’re anything like me, having the Fourth of July on a Monday made for a long, long weekend. Whether you were out on the boat, at the beach, firing up some burgs and dogs on the grill or knocking one or two too many back, Monday might be the perfect holiday to enjoy the day off while sinking into the sofa and watching sports from sun up until the grand finale of the Fourth of July fireworks.
So here is the sports hair-of-the-dog schedule for all you who are a little worn out of celebrating our nations’ independence and looking for some rest and relaxation before heading back to work on Tuesday.
Although we at AS English don’t condone this sort of behavior, you might still be up celebrating the Sunday before the fourth when Monday’s opening match of the Men’s Round of 16 start at Wimbledon. Cristian Garin will take on heavy favorite Alex de Minaur at 6:00 a.m. ET to get the week started at the All England Club, while Alize Cornet and Ajla Tomljanovic gets the Ladies Round of 16 matches started at 8:00 a.m. ET.
Here is all of the day’s action from the All England Club.
Cristian Garin vs. Alex de Minaur, 6:00 a.m. ET
Brandon Nakashima vs. Nick Kyrgios, 8:30 a.m. ET
Jason Kubler vs. Taylor Fritz, 9:30 a.m. ET
Botic Van De Zandschulp vs. Rafael Nadal, 12:00 p.m. ET
Alize Cornet vs. Alja Tomljanovic. 8:00 a.m. ET
Elena Rybakina vs. Petra Martic, 8:00 a.m. ET
Paula Badosa vs. Simona Halep, 10:30 a.m. ET
Amanda Anisimova vs. Harmony Tan, 11:30 ET
All matches can be seen on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Matches can also be streamed on ESPN+, the ESPN app and fuboTV, which offers a free trial. Start times are tentative based on previous matches end times.
Nathan Hot Dog eating contest
It just wouldn’t be Independence Day without watching some of the world’s best eaters stuff their gut with glizzys until they nearly pop. This year, like every year since 1916 Nathan’s will provided a spectacle only fit for a day where we celebrate our nations freedom.
Joey Chestnut, who has won the competition in 14 of the last 15 years will put his money where his mouth is as 14 of the world’s best put their pallet to the test. Chestnut will not just be battling the competition, but also the world record he set last year when he put down 76 hot dogs and buns.
The Mustard Belt will be on the line tomorrow at noon on Monday 4 July 2022 on the sidewalk outside Nathan’s Famous restaurant on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island, NYC. The women’s contest will be broadcast live by ESPN3 with coverage of the men’s event on ESPNews and the ESPN app and ESPN.com.
What could make more sense than watching America’s past time on America’s favorite holiday. There is a full slate of MLB games just waiting to be watching on Monday, starting with the Florida Marlins taking on the Washington Nationals from our nations capital. For the occasion the league has released these special edition Fourth of July hats, that all of the teams playing tomorrow will be wearing.
Marlins vs. Nationals 11:05 a.m. ET
Rangers vs. Orioles, 1:05 p.m. ET
Guardians vs. Tigers (1st of doubleheader), 1:10 p.m. ET
Rays vs. Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. ET
Cubs vs. Brewers, 4:10 p.m. ET
Royals vs. Astros, 4:10 p.m. ET (On ESPN+)
Giants vs Diamondbacks, 6:10 p.m. ET
Mets vs. Reds, 6:40 p.m. ET
Guardians vs. Tigers (2nd of doubleheader) 6:40 p.m. ET
Cardinals vs. Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET
Twins vs. White Sox, 8:10 p.m. ET
Blue Jays vs. Athletics, 9:07 p.m. ET
All games can be seen on MLB.tv and the MLB Network.