GREAT AMERICAN BIRTHDAY PARTY (TV) [2-disc] (1976 USA)
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Directed by Robert Delaney
Starring: Harry Reasoner, Ron Miller, Jim Kincaid
Genres: Political, TV Special
186 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English
On July 4th, 1976 the United States celebrated it's 200th birthday and the whole world was invited to the party. Television technology had just come to level where national networks and the best equipped local stations could reach out from coast to coast and capture the celebration, LIVE and in color. Included in this 3 hour ABC broadcast are highlights from 4th of July celebrations in San Francisco and Washington D.C., President Ford delivering an address at Independance Hall in Philadelphia, PA, and some great coverage of "Operation Sail"/The Parade of Ships that took place that day in New York Harbor, including footage of a young-ish looking Ted Koppel reporting from Battery Park and some great footage from the top of the World Trade Center. The Great American Birthday Party is a crystalline insight into the style and substance of network special events coverage in the 1970's.