Billy Ray Cyrus and The New York Youth Symphony performed a cover of an iconic hit & a touching original song during Fourth In America.
On Sunday (July 4), the country superstar performed his rendition of Neil Diamond’s “America,” a track from the 1980 soundtrack, The Jazz Singer. Cyrus also performed an emotion-filled song that he wrote about a Vietnam Veteran in 1989 called “Some Gave All” as well as his chart-topping hit single “Achy Breaky Heart.”
CNN’s Fourth In America Special also featured performances from Flo Rida, The Beach Boys with John Stamos, Ne-Yo, Black Eyed Peas, Blues Traveler, Brad Paisley, Chicago, Bebe Rexha, Foreigner, Kool & The Gang, Nelly, REO Speedwagon, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Susanna Hoffs, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Trisha Yearwood.
Additionally, The Harlem Gospel Choir, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra led by Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins, The United States Air Force Band, The United States Army Field Band, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, United States Navy Band, New York Youth Symphony, The Austin Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Pacific Symphony and San Francisco Symphony also performed during the tv special.
The primetime special also featured firework shows from coast to coast, including Washington, DC; New York; Philadelphia; Boston; Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Chicago; St. Louis; Austin, Texas; Houston; Addison, Texas; Pasadena, California; San Diego; Las Vegas; and San Francisco.
Co-hosted by CNN anchors Dana Bash, Don Lemon, Victor Blackwell and Ana Cabrera, the annual Independence Day celebration aired on Sunday, July 4 (live 7:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on CNN.