The cookouts, parties and fireworks that surround the Fourth of July weekend will not only start on Saturday July 4 this year, but on Friday July 3 for many as well!

With the holiday falling on a Saturday, the ABC network has decided to take Friday July 3 off as well and air encores of all of their soap operas. All My Children will air their May 15 episode where everyone scrambled to save Ian, General Hospital will show their May 18 episode where Rebecca made a deal with Alexis, and One Life to Live will replay their March 18 episode where Todd made plans to fight for his kids.

If you’d like to read what else will happen during these encore episodes, please click the show links above to read our past recaps. While all CBS soaps will air new episodes on Friday, NBC’s Days of Our Lives will not be seen due to the Wimbledon – and won’t be seen on Thursday July 2 as well.

All soaps will resume to regular programming on Monday July 6.

Soaps.com wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!