The Spirit Of The 4th

1. NPR's Morning Edition Team Reads The Entire Declaration Of Independence Out Loud

For 24 years, Morning Edition has observed an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence aloud.

2. Colonel Quincy Collins: Born On The 4th Of July

Meet Vietnam Veteran Colonel Quincy Collins who was Born on the 4th of July in 1931, He graduated from the Citidel and became a flight commander with the Air Force as a Second Lieutanant. He was shot down over Vietnam which left him as a prisoner of war for the next 7 1/2 years and provides us with a perspective on freedom and war from one who was on the inside.

3. The History Of Fireworks

What's more American than Fireworks and the 4th of July. We'll look at the history and science of America's favorite pyrotechnics.

4. Hear All American Willie Nelson Describe His Creative Process In Creating An American Masterpiece

The legend describes the artistic process for his new album and how American history inspires his process.

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