'The Fourth in America': Air time, star-studded line-up and all you need to know about CNN Independence Day special

US military, frontline workers and those fighting for equality will be honored at the event graced by Jewel, Barry Manilow, Carlos Santana and more

                            'The Fourth in America': Air time, star-studded line-up and all you need to know about CNN Independence Day special
(L-R) Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow (Source: Getty Images)

CNN is honoring frontline workers fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, the US military and the diverse citizens across the country demanding equality with a Fourth of July primetime musical celebration. The event, which boasts a star-studded line-up including Jewel, Barry Manilow, Carlos and Cindy Santana, among many others, is titled 'The Fourth in America' and was announced on June 30.

"This is a Fourth of July like no other, occurring during the battle against a global pandemic and the fight for equality to assure everyone may realize the promise of America," CNN said in a news release. The network added, "With most Fourth of July events canceled across the country, CNN will honor our fellow Americans," with a night of performances.

More highlights throughout the night also include fireworks shows on display in New York, Washington, Jacksonville, Houston and Nashville, according to CNN.

Air time

CNN's 'The Fourth in America' will air from 8 pm to 12 am ET on July 4.

Where to watch

The event will be a live stream for subscribers on CNN.com's homepage. It can also be streamed across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android. Additionally, the show can be viewed on CNNgo (at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast and Android TV).


It will be hosted by CNN's Don Lemon in New York and CNN's Dana Bash in Washington, DC.


The special promises numerous performances from the who's who of the music industry. 

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 the cast of 'Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations'. 'The Fourth in America' will also showcase orchestral performances from "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, the US Navy Band and the US Army Field Band. Additionally, the San Francisco, Colorado, Houston, Chicago and New York Youth symphonies, as well as the New York Philharmonic, will all perform at the event.

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