Fourth of July

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9:09 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

The Boston Pops rehearses for its Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 3, 2012, at the Charles River Esplanade.
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Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:44 pm

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, Tchaikovsky'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?

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2:32 pm
Mon July 3, 2006

Welcome America

WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at what has been called the "Largest Celebration of America's Birthday," Philadelphia's Welcome America Celebration.