Trace Adkins performed “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)” on Saturday (July 4) during the 90-minute, 40th anniversary presentation of PBS Special A Capitol Fourth!.
“This song is dedicated to this Nation that we all love so very deeply,” Adkins’ said introducing his performance.
The country superstar performed the patriotic tune under the vibrant fireworks display.
“America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)” was written by Samuel Francis Smith and is performed to the melody of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, “God Save the Queen.” The song originally served as one of the de facto National Anthems of the United States of America before the adoption of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the official U.S. National Anthem in 1931.
The fireworks display was live from Washington DC, and, according to their website are “a tribute to our nation’s workers on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic, a segment honoring the contributions of African American heroes from our nation’s past and present, and a salute to our wounded warriors and their families.”
Other performances on the A Capitol Fourth! special include Lauren Alaina, Brantley Gilbert, Chrissy Metz, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations and many more. You can watch Adkins’ “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)” performance above and the others on the 40th anniversary presentation of A Capitol Fourth! that originally aired on Saturday, July 4, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The PBS Special was also broadcasted to the troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.