Independence Day 2013

The Fourth of July celebrates country, culture and cuisine. Join WSKG for a little bit of all!

Recipes & Food
For Families
On WSKG Radio




The Fourth of July splits up the summer with one day (or if you’re lucky, a long weekend) of good food, sunshine and time with family and friends. From parades and fireworks to special vacation spots and the long car ride that goes with it, many of us celebrate with music to match the mood. What do you listen to? Post your playlists to our Facebook wall, or email them to We’ll add them to our YouTube page! 

Need inspiration? Listen to what WSKG staff will play this Independence Day:


Bill Jaker says, "Seems I've spent the 4th of July in many places, including the Mall in Washington, DC and visiting friends in Illinois, where two neighboring towns seemed to fire off competing fireworks displays and showered us all with cinders.  But the most memorable has to be in 1976, the American Bicentennial.  There was no big centerpiece to the 200th birthday of the USA -- the Olympic Games were in Montreal -- but that meant that every place in our country could feel like its celebration was the most important." His list is "a mix of American music for the 4th of July (well, one of them is Spanish, but why not?)" Listen to Bill's playlist.

Annie Whitman says, "No Fourth of July celebration is ever complete without a county music playlist! I think that the country music genre captures and portrays the uniqueness of American life unlike any other music — pride in our nation, celebration of hometowns, a salute to military members and families, lifelong memories from the farm/field/woods/riverbank/backyard, and, of course, a boot-tappin' good time!  Happy 4th, y'all!" Listen to Annie's playlist.

Judy Ghosin says, "Ok, so here’s the playlist for the Ghosin-Szeliga family... and we just couldn’t seem to stop! I couldn’t write them down fast enough!" Judy and family had dinner with friends and came up with the list around the fire. Listen to Judy's playlist.

Nancy Coddington offers this list of patriotic favorites. Rock on! Listen to Nancy's playlist.

Jackie Stapleton put together this great mix of indie, folk, rock and more! Listen to Jackie's playlist.

Vickie Conklin assured us she had many, many more favorites, but these are some of her top choices. Enjoy! Listen to Vickie's playlist.

Brian Frey says:
"The 4th of July is very special to me and my family not only because I'm a huge lover of history but because its also happens to be my wife's birthday. And my birthday is just two days later. So we always make it a special long celebration. I have so many memories of spending Independence Day at Chenango Valley State Park with my family growing up. It's still my favorite place to go for a long bike ride. Here are some of the songs that make up the soundtrack of my 4th if July recollections." Listen to Brian's playlist.

Greg Keeler warned us he might fall down a deep hole of playlist creation. In the end, he came up with a great list of six songs! Listen to Greg's playlist.


Chris DiRienzo says:
“Here are my top songs that stick in my head since I was a kid, my grandparents [who] could barely speak English but were proud to be in America would play and that I have always remembered. They not only remind me of the 4th of July but my grandparents.” Listen to Chris' playlist.

Michael Grasso says:
“My Independence Day is always spent in the back yard at my parents' house in Endicott. We grill, play outdoor games, tell stories about what life must have been like in the 18th century, and watch the fireworks being launched at Highland Park while singing the Star Spangled Banner. Wait... that's not my family. We sit on the back deck, drink good bourbon, and listen to classic rock.  Because that's real America.” Listen to Michael's playlist.

Recipes & Food

On Pinterest
See what we’ve got cooking! WSKG’s Stacey Mosteller pins the best recipes she sees on WSKG TV and our Create channel. Try out the All-American Red, White and Blue Parfaits or the Patriotic Pretzels this Independence Day!

We're proud to air Katie Brown Workshop on our Create channel. Find your next desert or picnic snack on her Summer Celebrations board.


For Families

Resources for military families
As many as 700,000 U.S. children under the age of five have a parent in the military. To help support the military families that live in our region, WSKG has created this resources page. Find national and local initiatives offering important, specialized content for military families. WSKG also has a variety of family toolkits available; please contact to learn more! Additionally, you can find these materials in our community at the Greater Binghamton Airport's Military Family Room.


On WSKG Radio

Community Conversation: Constitutional Misconceptions July 2nd at 7:00pm
Think you know everything about the Constitution? Many myths and misconceptions about America’s founding document have become ingrained in our political culture. Join Crystal Sarakas for a discussion on Constitutional misconceptions.

NPR reads The Declaration of Independence July 4th during Morning Edition
Twenty-four years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence. This year's reading has a twist: hear it recited on the National Mall by people of all ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Hear last year’s reading.

Independence Day with Bill Snyder July 4th from 9:00am to 1:00pm
While the rest of us bask in sun and sand, surrounding by BBQ and beverages, WSKG’s Bill Snyder, your weekday classical music host, not only works each Fourth of July, he wants to work! Bill loves Independence Day music. Each year, he crafts a classical playlist to celebrate the holiday for which “four hours just isn’t enough”.



Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence June 28th at 10:00pm
Join host and chef Lidia Bastianich as she celebrates independence and freedom with different cultures across America. The celebrity cast includes actress Anna Deavere Smith, opera singer Renée Fleming, singer Martha Wainwright, chef Jacques Pepin and actor Alec Mapa.

A Capitol Fourth July 4th at 8:00pm and 9:30pm
A Capitol Fourth welcomes back Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) and music legend Barry Manilow to host America’s national Independence Day celebration live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Bergeron will lead an all-star cast during the top-rated musical and fireworks extravaganza that has become America’s favorite birthday party. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers at home are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. A Capitol Fourth also airs on National Public Radio and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.

Guests include:

  • Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of American Idol
  • Country music artist Scotty McCreery (winner of American Idol)
  • Actor and singer Darren Criss (Glee)
  • Musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho
  • Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (Smash)
  • Stars of Broadway's new hit Motown The Musical
  • Five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams conducting music from the Oscar-winning blockbuster Lincoln