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Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tour de France
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After a nearly four-year absence, seven-time champion and American cycling icon Lance Armstrong returns to the Tour de France, which kicks off its three-week whirlwind trek through France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, covering 3500km. Despite his prolonged sabbatical from racing, Armstrong looks to be one of the top contenders, but he'll have to hold off the past two champions, Carlos Sastre (2008) and Alberto Contador (2007), as well as Cadel Evans, who was the runner-up the last two years.

Read on for previews of Hot Dog Eating Contest, Capitol Fourth, Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.  Read Full Article

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Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps perform the Washington Post March at the fountain on the West Front of the United States Capitol. What better way to celebrate Americas birthday than with a stirring rendition of John Phillips Sousas popular march?

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

Music legend Barry Manilow, is back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on A Capitol Fourth in 2009. Manilow will perform Let Freedom Ring, in celebration of July 4, 2013.

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

Elmo, everyone's favorite Muppet from Sesame Street, sings Happy Birthday to America on a past 'A Capitol Fourth' show. Maestro Erich Kunzel, who tragically passed away in 2009, conducted the concert for over twenty years.

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

After the Boston Marathon bombing, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning musician and songwriter Neil Diamond was moved to write about the incomprehensible tragedy. His Freedom Song (They ll Never Take Us Down) debuted nationally on the 33rd annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth. 100% of the proceeds from the song sales benefit One Fund Boston and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tour de France
9:30 am/ET Versus
After a nearly four-year absence, seven-time champion and American cycling icon Lance Armstrong returns to the Tour de France, which kicks off its three-week whirlwind trek through France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, covering 3500km. Despite his prolonged sabbatical from racing, Armstrong looks to be one of the top contenders, but he'll have to hold off the past two champions, Carlos Sastre (2008) and Alberto Contador (2007), as well as Cadel Evans, who was the runner-up the last two years.

Read on for previews of Hot Dog Eating Contest, Capitol Fourth, Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. read more

Smits: PBS Special "Puts a Whole Different Spin" on Fourth of July

Each year as America celebrates its birthday, few celebrations are as rife with emotion, inclusiveness and patriotic goodness as A Capitol Fourth, the PBS special that broadcasts from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

A Capitol Fourth "reflects a tapestry of what this country is, just in terms of the music alone," says Jimmy Smits, who is repeating as host of the special.

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Among the music acts helping the U.S. of A. turn a spry 233 this year are Barry Manilow, Aretha ... read more

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Premiered: July 04, 2009
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Premise: Jimmy Smits hosts a celebration of America's 233rd birthday, featuring fireworks, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, pop star Natasha Bedingfield, the "Jersey Boys" cast, vocalist Michael Feinstein, pianist Andrew von Oeyen and the "Sesame Street" Muppets, as well as Erich Kunzel and the National Symphony Orchestra. 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.

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