Fourth of July http://wrti.org en Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4 http://wrti.org/post/why-tchaikovskys-bells-and-cannons-sound-every-july-4 The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90515326" target="_blank">Tchaikovsky</a>'s 1812 Overture will be heard from coast to coast, complete with fireworks and cannons. But how did a Russian composition, depicting the rout of Napoleon's Army, end up as the unofficial soundtrack for our most quintessentially American holiday?<p>NPR's Scott Simon spoke to two folks who know the answer. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 01:09:51 +0000 Scott Simon 6142 at http://wrti.org Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4 Welcome America http://wrti.org/post/welcome-america <p>WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at what has been called the "Largest Celebration of America's Birthday," Philadelphia's Welcome America Celebration.</p> Mon, 03 Jul 2006 18:32:00 +0000 Jim Hilgen 1728 at http://wrti.org