A Star-Spangled Virtual Tour
This year, we’re creating our own fireworks and hope you’ll join us Beyond The Bus, for this new July 4th virtual tour!
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
Through the years, we have counted ourselves so fortunate to celebrate July 4th on the road with you, our guests. With patriotic concerts, booming fireworks and the smiles of fellow travelers, it is always a star-spangled holiday.
Even though we can’t celebrate together this year, the festivities must go on! As has become our favorite thing to do, we are so pleased to continue our Beyond The Bus online experiences. This year, we’re creating our own fireworks and hope you’ll join us for this new July 4th virtual tour!
America The Beautiful performed at West Point, a behind the scenes look at the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives and a concert presented by the Boston Pops are just the beginning of our star-spangled virtual, July 4th Celebration.
Keep reading for all the flag-waving fun. Even from afar, we salute you and wish you a very Happy July 4th! Cue the fireworks!
STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
Let’s start off with a bang! John Phillip Sousa’s iconic and inspirational Stars and Strips Forever performed by the West Point Band. CLICK HERE to watch this fun tune and get your toes tapping!
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
At the United States Military Academy at West Point, the country’s unofficial anthem, America The Beautiful, was performed by the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the West Point Band. CLICK HERE to watch and sing along.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Go behind the scenes at the National Archives in Washington, DC for a look at how the Declaration of Independence has been conserved and protected. It’s a fascinating look at a piece of our history as we protect it for the future. CLICK HERE TO STEP INTO THE ARCHIVES.
BOSTON POPS SALUTE TO OUR HEROES
The annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is always a highlight of the season and an “unofficial” start to summer. Not to be deterred, the show will go on this year, although it will be virtual instead of live. The three-hour show features previously recorded and newly-created, virtual performances and a recorded fireworks display.
The annual tradition continues with the Boston Pops led by Keith Lockhart, with appearances from Leslie Odom Jr. Arlo Guthrie, Rita Moreno and many more friends of the Pops. The show begins at 8:00pm. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
A CAPITOL FOURTH
Watch the 40th Anniversary presentation of A Capitol Fourth! Join hosts John Stamos and Vanessa Williams for a night of newly recorded performances from a star-studded cast and a finale of live fireworks. CLICK HERE TO WATCH the livestream broadcast presented by PBS that begins at 8:00pm tonight and will be available for 24 hours.
FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO…
This re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address is sure to give you goose bumps. CLICK HERE to be transported and moved by these words that are even more important today.
The Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC stand guard 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. CLICK HERE for a look at what it takes to become a Sentinel.
RED, WHITE AND BOOM!
Set to the heart pounding sound track of the 1812 Overture, these fireworks held on the National Mall in Washington are sure to take your breath away. CLICK HERE to behold each sparkling boom! (You may need to skip an ad at the start of the video)
OH SAY CAN YOU SEE…
This video features one of our most favorite renditions of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Whitney Houston captured the heart of the nation with her incredibly stirring performance, that still resonates today. It gave us chills then, and it still does now. CLICK HERE TO Enjoy!