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Fourth of July Celebrations in America. Aired 10-11p ET

Aired July 5, 2020 - 22:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


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DANA BASH, CNN HOST: Welcome back to the Fourth and America, you're looking at live pictures in Houston, Texas, as last minute preparations are being made before their fireworks show. And now, to Springfield, Illinois, where fireworks will begin in just minutes.

And we're closing in on the Jacksonville fireworks. They're truly spectacular. Some say rivaling New York and Washington. We know many of your Fourth of July celebrations were canceled, and we really hope this music and the fireworks we're showing you tonight are brightening your night.

DON LEMON, CNN HOST: And Dana, I must say, you're looking quite lovely tonight in red. Very festive.

BASH: And you are always dapper, Mr. Lemon.

LEMON: Thank you very much. A little something I picked up at J. Crew along the way. So many musical performances ahead. Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Kenny Loggins, Jewel, Martina McBride, Don McClain and CeCe Winans is back with us too.

And now we have some - something really spectacular for you. Really spectacular music. In just a few minutes, Kenny Loggins is going to sing Footloose. You all remember that and then country summer Martina McBride will sing her brand new song, "Girls like me."

But first, "Get Together" is one of the iconic songs that everyone recognizes from the first few notes. Tonight Jesse Colin Young joins Little Kids Rock to performs the song written by Dino Valenti.

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JESSE COLIN YOUNG & LITTLE KIDS ROCK: Yes Sir, yes. Martin had a dream. I have a dream. For us to come together, to be brothers forever, even in this tough weather. Let's talk about it yes.

Love is but a song we sing. Fear's the way we die. Yes Sir. We can make the mountains ring or make the angels cry. Yes. Though the bird is on the wing and we may not know why. People come together. Hey.

Come on people now Smile on your brother. Everybody get together. Try to love one another right now. Right now, right now. Right now. Right now, right now. See if we can

get together, the whole world will be better. Stop fighting each other. And let love win.

If you hear the song we sing, you will understand come on, listen. You hold the key to love and fear, all in your trembling hands. Just one key unlocks them both it's there at your command. Come on all my people, sing.

Come on people now smile on your brother, everybody get together. Try to love one another right now love one another right now. One another. Right now, right now. Come on people now smile on your brother. Everybody get together try to love one another right now.

Love one another. Shake your hands, shake your hands. Right now. Every brother, every man. I said me plus you and you plus me. To all we put together we don't know what we can be. Unless we try, it don't really matter. We come from different parents but we are still brother. It's ain't about the color, money or power.

The world's kind of dirty. We need to clean it up together. Climb up the ladder. Together we'll be standing one forever. The only thing that love costs is you. Come on. Come on people now. Smile on your brother. Everybody get together. Everybody now. Try to love one another right now. Time is running out.

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Can't you see the clock on the wall. Come on people now. Let's get together. Smile on your brother. Everybody get together. Try to love one another right now. Love one another. Right now, right now. We need you. Me plus you and you plus me. You plus me. We don't know how we can be unless we try. It don't matter about your skin color. It don't matter about your money or power. Together let's just climb the ladder. And standing one forever. Look at the stranger to your left and to your right. Smile at them. Tell them. Let's get together.

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BASH: Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock. Didn't that just make you feel great? Now, fireworks in Jacksonville, Florida, which are also going to make you feel great, and as we watch, we have two amazing songs from Kenny Loggins and Martina McBride.

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KENNY LOGGINS: I'm working so hard. I'm punching my card. Eight hours for what? Oh, tell me what I got. I get this feeling. That times just holding me down. I'll hit the ceiling. Or else I'll tear up this town. Tonight I gotta cut loose, footloose. Kick off the Sunday shoes. Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees. Jack, get back, come on before we crack. Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose. You're playing so cool. Obeying every rule. Dig way down in your heart. You're burning yearning for some. Somebody to tell you. That life ain't passing you by. I'm trying to tell you, darling. It will if you don't even try. You can fly if you'd only. Cut loose, footloose. Kick off your Sunday shoes. Oh-wee Marie, shake it, shake it for me. Woah, Milo, come on, come on let's go. Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose. Break it down. You got to turn me around. Put your feet on the ground. Now to the soul. I tell you. Cut loose, footloose. Kick off your Sunday shoes. Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees. Jack, get back, come on before we crack. Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose. Footloose, footloose. Kick off your Sunday shoes. Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees. Jack, get back, come on before we crack. Lose your blues, everybody cut, everybody cut, everybody cut, everybody cut. Everybody cut footloose.

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MARTINA MCBRIDE: Hi, I'm Martina McBride. I'm so happy to be with you to celebrate the fourth of July. I'm here in Nashville, Tennessee in my rehearsal space. I couldn't bring the band in here with me, because we are social distancing, but I did want to sing my new song for you, "Girls like me."

I remember that first time I fell in love. I've never been the one to be afraid to jump and sometimes it hurts but the world still turns. I remember that first sad, broken heart and I told myself, I wouldn't fall apart. So I let it burn. That's how you live and learn.

It ain't always easy but it's going to be all right. It used to be me hiding insecurities with a cigarette and a bottle of whiskey. I was a girl at home in the dark, all alone, saying why the hell doesn't he miss me. We act so tough like it ain't nothing cause we don't want them to see.

Here's to the girls like me. Fast forward now your old dreams are gone and you got new priorities. You thought you knew what you wanted but you had it all wrong. Yes, it takes a few steps just to get it all together. It might hurt now but it won't last forever. Make those mistakes that will make you better.

Yes, it used to be me, hiding insecurities with a cigarette and a bottle of whiskey. Yes, I was the girl at home in the dark all alone, saying, why the hell doesn't he miss me. We act so tough like it ain't nothing cause we don't want them to see. Here's to the girls like me.

Here's to the girls like me. Here's to the girls like me. Here's to the girls like me. Yes oh. Yes, it takes a few steps just to get it all together. Make

those mistakes that will make you better. It used to be me hiding insecurities with a cigarette and a bottle of

whiskey. Yes, I was the girl at home in the dark, all alone, saying why doesn't me he miss me. I wouldn't trade you with the woman you're going to be and it's OK if it's not perfect cause it's just not meant to be. Here's to the girls like me. Here's to the girls like me. Here's to the girls like me. Here's to the girls like me girl. Girl, you're just like me.

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BASH: What an incredible performance. Thank you so much, Martina McBride. I, for one, did not get enough of Kenny Loggins so we've invited him back for an encore presentation. He's going to take me back to my college days here in DC with "Conviction of the Heart." And you're looking still at fireworks from Jacksonville, Florida.

But still ahead, we're going to go to Houston, Texas. We're going to go to Springfield, Illinois. A lot more to come. Stay with us.

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BASH: You're looking at fireworks in Jacksonville, Florida, still going on and we're getting very close to live fireworks from Springfield, Illinois, and Houston, Texas, as well. Back again with Kenny Loggins, here is the Grammy winner with his popular hit, "Conviction of the Heart."

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KENNY LOGGINS: Where are the dreams that we once had. This is the time to bring them back. What were the promises caught on the tips of our tongues? Do we forget or forgive? There's a whole other life waiting to be lived. When one day we're brave enough to talk with conviction of the heart.

And down your roads, I've walked alone as if my feet were not my own. Such is the path I chose.

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Doors I have opened and closed. I'm tired of living this life. Fooling myself, believing we're right when I've never given love with any conviction of the heart. One with the earth, with the sky. One with everything in life.

I believe, we'll survive if we only try. How long must we all wait to change? This world bound in chains that we live in to know what it is to forgive and be forgiven. Too many years of taking now. Isn't it time we stop somehow?

Air that's too angry to breathe. Water our children can't drink. You've heard it hundreds of times. You say you're aware. Believe that you care but do you care enough where's your conviction of the heart. Whoa, whoa.

One with the earth, with the sky one with everything in mind I believe it will start with conviction of the heart with the earth with the sky one with everything in life. I believe, it will start with conviction of the heart. One with the earth, with the sky, one with everything in life. I believe it will start with conviction of the heart. With the earth, with the sky, one with everything in life. I believe it will start with conviction of the heart. Oh yes.

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LEMON: I must confess, I love me some Kenny Loggins. Thanks, Kenny Loggins. Look at that. Springfield, Illinois. Have you ever heard anyone say? I don't think I've ever heard anyone say they're sick of fireworks. Have you? OK. Still ahead, Springfield, Illinois, see it on your screen and Houston, Texas. Plus, Grammy winner, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Stay with us for more fun.

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BASH: Beautiful display there and coming up next, we're going to head to Houston for fireworks in the state of Texas and some amazing music will go along with it. Also, more from CeCe Winans and rock legends, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The fireworks continue in the break, so don't go anywhere. Keep watching.

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BASH: You're looking at live pictures from Houston, Texas, where fireworks there just began. And as we watch, look at the bottom of your screen for an amazing performance of Hoe-down from the Chicago Symphony Orchestras and the Houston Symphony with Rhapsody in Blue for the finale.

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(MUSIC PLAYING) LEMON: Houston, putting on quite a show there. When we return, CeCe Winans is back with a song she once sang with Whitney Houston, "Count on Me." And singer/songwriter Jewel is here, too. Don't go away, the fireworks continue during this break.

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LEMON: Welcome back. Two powerhouse women are here with us. Singer/songwriter Jewel shares a touching personal song that she wrote many years ago during a very difficult time in her life. Look at that. The fireworks over Houston. Just spectacular.

But first, here's CeCe Winans with the Nashville Life Singers and "Count on Me."

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CECE WINANS & THE NASHVILLE LIFE SINGERS: Count on me through thick and thin a friendship that will never end. When you are weak, I will be strong, helping you to carry on. Call on me. I will be there. Don't be afraid.

Please believe me when I say count on me. I can see it's hurting you. I can feel your pain. It's hard to see the sunshine through the rain. I know sometimes it seems as if it's never gonna end but you'll get through it just don't give in because you can count on me through thick and thin, a friendship that will never end.

When you are weak I will be strong, helping you to carry on. Call on me, I will be there. Don't be afraid. Please believe me when I say count on me. There's a place inside of all of us where our faith in love begins. You should reach to find the truth in love.

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The answer's there within. I know that life can make you feel, it's much harder than it really is but we'll get through it just don't give in. Count on me through thick and thin, a friendship that will never end. When you are weak, I will be strong, helping you to carry on. Call on me. I will be there. Don't be afraid. Please believe me when I say count on - You can count on me.

JEWEL, SINGER/SONGWRITER: Hey, it's Jewel, and it is an honor to be here today to celebrate the diverse men and women that helped build this country. All the while, acknowledging and realizing we're facing a global pandemic and the continued fight for racial equality.

I wanted to sing you a song that I wrote while I was homeless. I ended up homeless when I was 18, because I refused the sexual advances of a boss. It was a hard time, living in my car and then my car got stolen. I was having panic attacks. I was becoming agoraphobic. I was shoplifting a lot for food and one day I was shoplifting and I saw my reflection in the mirror and I realized what I looked like.

A homeless kid that was stealing, and was going to end up in jail or dead if I didn't change my life. And for the first time, I really realized that my hands were capable and that what I did with my hands really mattered.

And I wrote this song that ended up becoming a hit many years later for me and it became an anthem during 9/11, which was incredible experience to have a song you wrote as a desperate time in your life. Help other people, so, I would love to sing this for you. This is "Hands."

If I could tell the world just one thing, it would be that we're all OK and not to worry because worry is wasteful and useless in times like these. I won't be made useless I won't be made useless. I won't be made idled with despair. I will gather myself around my faith for light does the darkness most fear.

My hands are small I know. But they're not yours, they are my own. They're not yours, they are my own. We are never broken. Poverty stole your golden shoes but it did not steal your laughter. And heart ache came to visit me but I knew it was not ever after. We will fight but not out of spite. For someone must stand up for what's right cause where there's a man who has no voice there ours shall go singing.

My hands are small I know but they're not yours they are my own. Not yours they are my own and we are never broken because in the end only kindness matters. In the end only kindness matters. So I will get down on my knees and I will pray. I will get down on my knees. I will pray. I will get down on my knees and pray. My hands are small I know but they're not yours, they are my own.

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But they're not yours, they are my own and we are never broken. No, no. We are never broken cause we are - What if we are God's eyes? What if we are God's hands? What if we are God's hearts? We are God's eyes. We are God's hands. We are.

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BASH: Wow, thank you so much for that incredible rendition of your hit "Hands," Jewel. And when we come back, there's a lot more fireworks. Plus, three unbelievable performances I've been waiting all night for this. Musicians whose careers have spanned decades.

Barry Manilow, Carlos Santana, joined by Cindy Blackman Santana and Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo. The Fourth in America continues next.

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