Patriotic Specials

News Release Date: 
June 19, 2013

(June 19, 2013) --The Fourth of July celebration from the nation’s capitol as well as several other patriotic specials are featured on NET Television.

This July Fourth, America’s favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”) returns to host “A Capitol Fourth,” airing Thursday, July 4, at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. CT on NET1 and NET-HD. 

Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the special stars music legend Barry Manilow, and will also include performances by Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of “American Idol”; country music artist Scotty McCreery (winner of “American Idol”); actor and singer Darren Criss (“Glee”); musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (“Smash”); Broadway’s new hit “Motown: The Musical”; and five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams conducting music from the Oscar-winning blockbuster “Lincoln”; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

Other patriotic specials include “Statue of Liberty,” Ken Burns film exploring the creation and history of the remarkable Statue of Liberty and what she represents to all Americans. Airing Tuesday, July 2, at 7 p.m. CT on NET1 and NET-HD, and Friday, July 5, at 6 p.m. CT on NET2 World, the program traces the development of the monument -- from its conception to its fascinating and often controversial construction to its final dedication.

High on a granite cliff in South Dakota’s Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents. Together they constitute the world’s largest sculpture. The massive tableau inspires awe and bemusement. How, and when, was it carved? Who possessed the audacity to create such a gargantuan work? “American Experience: Mount Rushmore,” airing Tuesday, July 2, at 8 p.m. CT on NET1 and NET-HD, repeating Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m. CT and Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. CT on NET2 World, tells the story of Mount Rushmore’s creation.

Everything about them is big. They are one of nature’s largest raptors, with wings that can span eight feet, and nests that can weigh up to a ton. “Nature’s” “American Eagle” airs Wednesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. CT on NET1 and NET-HD. Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. Yet most people know little about it beyond its striking appearance.

“Anthem,” airing Friday, July 5, at 8 p.m. CT and Saturday, July 6, at 3 p.m. CT on NET2 World, tells the story behind Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812. Historians and music experts discuss the Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem.

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RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at