Wednesday, July 2, 2008

If You Can't Be There, Do the Next Best Thing

For those of you, who like me, are not going out to watch fireworks this 4th, you can still be part of the celebration by enjoying (from the comfort of your own home) one of the Fourth of July spectaculars--fireworks and all--that will air on TV. Granted it’s not as great as the real thing, but heck sometimes you have to make do with what you got. Here’s a short list of three nationally aired specials:

Capitol Fourth, PBS (8:00 pm ET)
Jimmy Smits hosts a celebration of America's 232nd birthday, featuring fireworks and performances by Huey Lewis and the News, Jerry Lee Lewis, Taylor Hicks, and Broadway's Brian Stokes Mitchell to name a few. Included: Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" accompanied by cannon fire from the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery. From the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, CBS (10:00 pm ET)
Craig Ferguson hosts the Boston Pops' 35th annual Independence Day celebration. Rascal Flatts performs with the Boston Pops, under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart, at the Charles River Esplanade. The finale includes an explosive fireworks display accompanied by the "1812 Overture."

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, NBC (9:00 pm ET)
Hosted by Natalie Morales and Tiki Barber, NBC’s extravaganza will feature performances by Natasha Bedingfield, Kenny Chesney, 'American Idol's' Katharine McPhee and Jordin Sparks.