What are you doing this Fourth of July weekend? We invite you to spend it with us. We’re offering radio, television and online programs throughout the weekend and on Monday, July 4 to celebrate America’s 240th birthday.

It culminates with the airing of the flagship tribute concert A Capitol Fourth, Monday July 4 at 8 p.m. and part 1 of the NPR documentary Obama’s Years on radio at 2 p.m. (Part 2 airs Tuesday, July 5 at 2 p.m.


Here is what we’re offering:

On Radio

Friday, July 1 at 3 p.m. - Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday: In place of Political Rewind, join the Capitol Steps satire team as they poke fun at current events in politics. You don’t need to be your own publicist to understand laughter is exactly what this election needs! Sit back and have a laugh at Capitol Steps’ take on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and all the other newsmakers in this hour-long special.

Saturday, July 2 at 4 p.m. (Repeats Sunday, July 3 at 11 a.m.) - Playing On Air: The Real Me: Taking over for Two Way Street is a special edition of Playing On Air featuring two short plays by David Ives and Arlene Hutton. In the comic classic Mere Mortals, three bridge-and-tunnel construction workers reveal secrets from way, way back over their lunch pails. On the cusp of World War II, the romance Last Train To Nibroc, tells the story of a young pilot and a young graduate, both from Kentucky, who meet on a train and discover they may understand each other even better than they understand themselves.

Monday, July 4 at 9 a.m. - American History Guys: Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical on the Founding Father won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 11 Tony Awards. Airing instead of On Second Thought, join Ed and Brian on American History Guys as they take apart the Hamilton phenomenon by looking at who Alexander Hamilton was, his legacy (and how it was remade) and why a white migrant from the British West Indies appeals to so many Americans in 2016.

Monday, July 4 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 5 at 2 p.m. - NPR Documentary: Obama’s Years Part 1 & 2:This is a two-part radio documentary that explores how life has changed for Americans over the last eight years. In the first hour, NPR’s Steve Inskeep travels the country to places in which President Obama delivered speeches, and checks in with Americans living in those places to ask about their perspectives on the issues the president discussed. From Denver to Wichita to Philadelphia, audiences will hear people talk about their jobs, aspirations and family life. They’ll discuss issues like healthcare, immigration, guns and race relations and how those issues have played into their lives in the last eight year.

On Television:

Saturday July 2 at 1:30 p.m. - Cook’s Country: Grilled and Smoked: Nothing says “The Fourth” quite like barbecue! Christopher Kimball and the team explore the most reliable and cost-effective grilling spatulas while making these Fourth of July renditions of barbecued burnt ends and smoky potato salad, topping it all off with a lemonade tasting.

Sunday July 3 at 12:30 p.m. -The BBQ Show: Join the Georgia Traveler crew as they take a look at one of the South's favorite foods! From the history to the techniques, we give you the low down on making great barbecue.

Sunday July 3 at 2 p.m. - Great Old Amusement Parks: Amusement parks are one of the staples of American patriotism. Mixing vintage stills and clips with new video, producer and narrator Rick Sebak, travels across the country from the Santa Cruz, California boardwalk to Playland in Rye, New York for this tour of old-fashioned American amusement parks.

Monday July 4th Independence Day at 8 p.m. - A Capitol Fourth: We top off the three-day weekend with a show from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Tom Bergeron hosts the celebration of America's 240th birthday with performances from Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, and the cast of the Broadway musical "On Your Feet!". Plus Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra do a rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." Guest appearances include Amber Riley, Jackie Evancho, Statesboro,Georgia native Sutton Foster, Alisan Porter and many more.

On The Web:

GPB ReDREAM: What’s you dream? GPB in partnership with WETA, PBS SoCal and DPTV, we brought you the stories of everyday Americans as they rediscover and redefine the pursuit of their versions of the American dream for the 21st century. Our stories feature a Georgia couple battling ALS together, one of the founders of the Tiny House Atlanta movement and a husband and wife who chose farming over big city life among others.You can watch the episodes below and then join in on the conversation in the comments below.

Article edited by Rosemary Jean-Louis