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Now, we know you’re looking for a good time this holiday, so we’re giving you a guide to celebrating July 4th the right way. Hosting a party? Why not make a patriotic themed dessert using tips from White House pastry chef Bill Yosse? While you’re at it, listen to works by American composers to get you in the spirit. In New York for the big day? We have the best spots around the city to watch the fireworks. And because the beloved Statue of Liberty is reopening on July 4th, we’ve included a little history lesson of the statue’s first 125 years, and a story of its superintendent who was once the only inhabitant of Liberty Island.

The White House Pastry Chef on Patriotic Desserts, Obama's Sweets

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This Fourth of July weekend, a lot of us will be eating hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, and hamburgers. But when we’re done feasting on the char-broiled delicacies that have come to represent our nation’s independence, how should we finish it all off?

Bill Yosses has some suggestions. He’s the official White House Pastry Chef, and author, along with Melissa Clark, of a new cookbook called “The Perfect Finish.” Chef Yosses joins us live from the White House, where he gives us the scoop on everything from what he serves official visitors to the first family's favorite sweets.

Below, Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark's red, white and blue berry buttermilk bundt cake with orange glaze.

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Where to Watch: Prime Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing Spots

Friday, July 01, 2011

On Monday, the 35th Annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks will shoot over the Hudson River from six barges. The sky will light up between 20th and 55th Sts. in Manhattan. You can enjoy the show from any place that offers an unobstructed view of the sky over the river. Plus, check out other fireworks shows in the city this weekend.

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An American Choral Tribute

Sunday, July 04, 2010

This week Choral Fixation celebrates Independence Day with works by American composers sung by American choruses, including the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

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Watch | Statue of Liberty Turns 125

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011 marked the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty — a gift from France to the people of the United States of America.

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