Celebrate American Independence With Idaho Public Television!

A Capitol Fourth 7-4-18

On Wednesday, July 4, tune into IdahoPTV for a night of music, fireworks, and history that celebrates our nation’s independence.

An encore of the Ken Burns film The Statue of Liberty (7 PM) explores the creation and history of New York Harbor’s iconic statue. David McCullough narrates as the film traces the development of the monument from conception through construction to dedication.

John Stamos hosts the annual A Capitol Fourth (8 PM), an all-star musical extravaganza celebrating our country’s 242nd birthday, broadcast from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The night features coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington, D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation. Performers include The Beach Boys, Renee Fleming, Pentatonix, Andy Grammer, Jimmy Buffett, Luke Combs, The Temptations and others.

Potomac by Air: Our Nation’s River (9:30 PM) explores American history through an aerial trip along the curves of the Potomac River that highlights cultural points of interest. Beginning in West Virginia, cameras captures the flow of the Potomac as it rapidly descends through the Appalachian Mountains into the Piedmont region of Maryland, then proceeds south past the Great Falls into the nation’s capital, before ending in the Chesapeake Bay.

F.S. Key and the Song That Built America (10:30 PM) explores the life, law career, and artistic development of the man who penned the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Francis Scott Key, a constitutional lawyer, famously penned the lyrics following the 12-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry in September 1814. Against a backdrop of history, and through the eyes of his wife Polly, the film highlights Key’s personal life, legal career and artistic development.

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