I will be TiVo'ing A Capitol Fourth: America's Independence Day Celebration on PBS (8:00 to 9:30 pm ET) tonight. In addition to great fireworks, a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra, and other musical performances, Olympic gold medalist and skating icon Scott Hamilton (see bottom right) will lead a tribute to Team USA members competing in Beijing. The tribute will include: Bob Malaythong (badminton), Tim Morehouse (fencing), Nancy Rios (sailing), Dominic Grazioli (shooting), Eli Bremer (modern pentathlon), Kendrick Farris (weightlifting), Jake Deitchler (wrestling) and Jessica Long (USA Paralympics, swimming). Scott will be very busy with broadcasting duties for NBC Sports -- he recently signed a three-year contract to cover all of their figure skating broadcasts, including the upcoming Winter Olympics in 2010. Every time I see him on television, I can't believe that this man will be 50 in August! Some people are just timeless to me and Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill are at the top of my list.
The reason I will be recording A Capitol Fourth is that this year, I will be watching the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular live! I live in New York City, so it's not too difficult to make it over to the FDR expressway and enjoy the show. (Although last year I did forget to bring headsets to protect my ears for 20 minutes, so that year was less enjoyable.) Macy's will launch their fireworks from the East River between 10th and 23rd Streets and from a location near the South Street Seaport. The first fireworks are set to explode over the East River at approximately 9:20 p.m. Happy 4th of July everyone!