CNN's 'The Fourth In America': Spectacular fireworks honor frontline workers, Kenny Loggins act makes fans smile
'The Harlem Gospel Choir had me grooving! “Ain’t no stopping us now we’re on the move”! #CNNFourthOfJuly,' said a viewer
The Fourth of July celebrations had to be a little different this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic still calls for precautions with social distancing. Many took their celebrations to the virtual world and that includes one of the world's largest news networks, CNN. The CNN event, 'The Fourth in America', began at 8 pm EST on Independence Day, pleasantly surprising many fans who were looking for a way to celebrate the special day.
Along with many star-studded performances, the event also showcased a fireworks show on display in New York, Washington, Jacksonville, Houston and Nashville.. "@donlemon @DanaBashCNN This is a terrific scene with the fireworks surrounding Lady Liberty. To see the Statue of Liberty shine brightly in the NYC night is breathtaking. #CNNFourthOfJuly"," wrote another user. We had also earlier reported that the event will include orchestral performances from "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, the US Navy Band and the US Army Field Band.
"Now THIS IS A TRUE AMERICAN FOURTH OF JULY!!!! Moving, inspiring, unifying, reverent, lifting hearts in song and praise, Naval band and chorus, magnificent fireworks in DC and now in New York!! THANK YOU CNN, Don Lemon and Dana Bash!!!, wrote one fan with another adding, "I don't really like fireworks but New York's were so spectacular this year I nearly cried. Thank you for that @CNN. #CNNFourthOfJuly."
Hosted by CNN's Don Lemon in New York and CNN's Dana Bash in Washington, DC, the event is available for live-streaming on the network's homepage for subscribers. Fans are able to watch it on CNN's mobile apps as well. There was a line-up of amazing performances, that included big names such as Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, and the Harlem Gospel Choir. "The Harlem Gospel Choir had me grooving! “Ain’t no stopping us now we’re on the move”! #CNNFourthOfJuly," tweeted a fan. Another added, "Kenny Loggins #Footloose made me smile #CNNFourthOfJuly #4thofJuly2020."
Many fans are loving the event, with one tweeting, "Okay Frank Sinatra "New York, New York", the New York Philharmonic, fireworks in New York, the Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty (maybe some celebrating will read your inscriptions) a beautiful American display! #[email protected] AGAIN [standing ovation GIF]." Another tweeted, "Thank you CNN! This is the best fireworks and 4th of July program ever! @CNN #CNNFourthOfJuly #HappyFourthOfJuly." Some stuck to the politics as well, as a user tweeted, "Watching #CNNFourthOfJuly. Our country is truly amazing; trump doesn’t deserve to be president of this spectacular nation," considering, #IndependenceFromTrump was trending on the Fourth of July.
So far, it seems fans are enjoying the virtual event that was created to honor those that are risking their lives fighting on the frontlines during a life-threatening pandemic and the country's' military. With more performances to come, many are highly anticipating the event's artists.