During a July 4th primetime special, CNN will honor our fellow Americans who defend our freedoms, demand equality for all, and are working on the front lines to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. 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. CNN’s Don Lemon and Dana Bash will co-anchor the special event, with Lemon in New York City and Bash in Washington, DC, from 8pm until midnight.
The special will feature musical performances by: Jewel, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, CeCe Winans, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, The O’Jays, Don McLean, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Harlem Gospel Choir, The Original Broadway Cast of Girl From the North Country, inspired by the legendary songs of Bob Dylan, and Cast of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.
There will be orchestral performances by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, United States Navy Band, United States Army Field Band, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, New York Youth Symphony, and Houston Symphony.
In addition to New York and DC, the special will highlight firework shows in Jacksonville, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.