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CNN Live Event/Special

CNN's Fourth In America Special. Aired 10-11p ET

Aired July 04, 2021 - 22:00   ET



DON LEMON, CNN HOST: There is a very patriotic city that we're waiting to see and hear from. And that is none other than Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell, the Cradle of Freedom, Cradle of Liberty. I lived there for three years, Dana, and I --

DANA BASH, CNN HOST: Did you, really?

LEMON: -- love Philadelphia. I think second -- oh my gosh, yes, I worked at not at this station. Great station, I believe (ph) KYW --

BASH: So you see the art museum there?

LEMON: I was WCEU (ph).

BASH: And you see the fireworks start to be -- starting. There we go. Let's listen in.

LEMON: Let's go to Philly.


BASH: As we continue to watch the fireworks in Philadelphia, let's go to a performance by Bebe Rexha.



BEBE REXHA, AMERICAN SINGER: Make some noise for Mother Bethel AME Mass Choir. Thank you so much, Philly. Happy Fourth of July. Thank you.

LEMON: Wow, wow, wow. Bebe, you are amazing. That's my jam too and what a voice. What a beautiful lady and what a beautiful voice. So, I want you to think Bebe Rexha and I want you to look at your screen, look at Jacksonville. This is Jacksonville, Florida. Imagine where we were just a year ago and look at where we are now. Celebrating in cities all across America.

And right now here's what I want you to do. Hey, start singing, I got a feeling, that tonight going to be good night. You know why I want you to do that because the Black Eyed Peas are next from Miami, Dana Bash. How'd I do? Is it all right? BASH: I cannot wait.

LEMON: I'm not good (ph).

BASH: I'm more and more impressed. And you know what? Because I respect and absolutely love our audience, I will not sing but look who is going to sing. Brad Paisley, Brad Paisley.

LEMON: Oh my god. Wow.

BASH: That is in Nashville, Tennessee. Look at all of those people --

LEMON: Look at that crowd, Dana.

BASH: -- gathering for Brad Paisley. I wish I were in Nashville.

LEMON: Crazy. Don't go anywhere. Don't go anywhere.



BASH: You were looking at live pictures of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fireworks going off there. It is all happening all across America tonight. Welcome back to The Fourth in America here on CNN.

These fireworks are launching from the Atlantic Ocean just off of the Fort Lauderdale Beach. And the Black Eyed Peas are here on CNN for their first performance since before the pandemic. Here they are from Miami.



DANA BASH, CNN HOST: The Black Eyed Peas. Wow, that was such an incredible performance. You could tell that both the Black Eyed Peas and the audience were ready for live performances. And speaking of live performances, look at Nashville. Look at that crowd. That crowd is goes on for blocks and blocks and blocks in the city of Nashville. And you know they're there? There to see Brad Paisley, and he's coming up with his new hit single, City of Music from where else, the city of music. We're going to Nashville, right after a quick break.


DON LEMON, CNN HOST: And straight to Nashville packed audience now, country music legend Brad Paisley.



LEMON: That was Brad Paisley wowing the crowd in Nashville. Way to go Brad. Way to go Nashville. We still got a lot ahead for you. It is 80s hours. Coming up. That was REO Speedwagon. That's REO Speedwagon. We've got Chicago. We've got The Bangles. Lead singer Susanna Hoffs. They're all going to perform their greatest hits. And later, Blue Traveler from Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, don't go anywhere.



LEMON: And welcome back, everyone and welcome to the beautiful city of St. Louis. You see the arch right there in the center of your screen. This is CNN's Fourth in America and we are witnessing history, really.

Beantown is bringing back the fireworks. I want you to watch and listen to the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. They're playing your favorite hits from composer John Williams.



BASH: Incredible. Three cities, three cities you've been watching live fireworks, St. Louis, Boston, and Nashville, Tennessee all three and while we have been watching, we have been listening to the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.

We want to thank them for their incredible performance as well and as the fireworks continue. It's time for some 80s music.

We're standing by for performances by REO Speedwagon, Chicago and the lead singer of The Bangles, the one and only Susanna Hoffs. After that, it's Nelly and the West Coast turn to shine this Fourth of July.