Celebrate freedom and our nation’s 241st birthday this Independence Day with all-star casts, historical explorations, phenomenal music and a one-of-a-kind fireworks display with patriotic programs July 2-4 on AETN! With specials including “F.S. Key and the Song That Built America,” “Celebration at the Station 2017,” “A Capitol Fourth” and more, it’s a high-spirited programming event that you won’t want to miss!
Featured broadcasts include:
Fourth of July Marathon
Sunday, July 2, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
“Anthem,” 12:30 p.m.
“Anthem” tells the story behind Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner” — the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British during the War of 1812 — through the lens of historians and music experts. The documentary discusses Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Key and reveals interesting facts about Key’s upbringing and religious leanings while tracing the origins of the song.
“F.S. Key and the Song That Built America,” 1:30 p.m.
Created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the penning of America’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” “F.S. Key and the Song That Built America” investigates constitutional lawyer Key’s personal life, legal career and artistic development against a backdrop of history through the eyes of his loving wife Polly. The film covers Key’s major cases, his vehement opposition to the War of 1812, his enlistment in the militia, his participation in the ill-fated defense of Washington, D.C., and his penchant for poetry and art.
“Celebration at the Station 2017,” 2:30 p.m.
This 90-minute special features the Kansas City Symphony’s 15th annual patriotic concert event at Union Station. Hosted by singer Patti Austin, the Symphony concert celebrates the U.S. military and veterans, recognizes the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I and marks the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald with her World War II-era songs that inspired and entertained the nation. At dusk, the symphony builds to a grade finale fireworks event featuring Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with live cannons and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
“A Capitol Fourth,” 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate our country's 241st birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. With cameras positioned around the city, viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere. Hosted by John Stamos, the star-studded evening will feature The Beach Boys, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, The Four Tops, Kellie Pickler and more with the National Symphony Orchestra.
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