With many traditional Fourth of July events canceled across the country, CNN’S “The Fourth In America” will showcase musical performances from U.S. military bands, iconic singers, Broadway performers, and feature firework shows in multiple U.S. cities.
A press release said this year’s “The Fourth In America” will be like no other. CNN is marking America’s independence and celebrating the rich diversity of the people who helped build the U.S., all while facing the battle against a global pandemic and the continued fight for racial justice. During a July 4 primetime special, CNN will honor Americans who defend freedoms, demand equality for all, and are working on the front lines to protect people from the spread of the coronavirus.
The special will feature musical performances by: Andy Grammar, Barry Manilow, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Carlos and Cindy Santana, CeCe Winans, Don McLean, Harlem Gospel Choir, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, The O’Jays, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, as well as the original Broadway cast of “Girl From the North Country,” inspired by the legendary songs of Bob Dylan, and the cast of “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.”
Orchestral performances will be by the United States Army Field Band, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, United States Navy Band, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony and San Francisco Symphony.
In addition to New York and D.C., the special will highlight firework shows in Jacksonville, Florida; Houston and Nashville.