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This week, I’m remembering Independence Days of the past. In looking at the archives of my blog, I was surprised to realize how long it’s been since my wife and I attended Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth. We haven’t been to the City of Knoxville’s celebration since 2006.

It turns out that July 4, 2006 is also the day that I first met Abby Ham in-person. She and Bill Williams co-anchored WBIR’s coverage of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and fireworks that night.

July 4, 2006 - Abby Ham and Bill Williams at City of Knoxville's Festival on the Fourth at World's Fair Park July 4, 2006 - Abby Ham and Bill Williams at City of Knoxville's Festival on the Fourth at World's Fair Park

At the time, I wrote:

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra put on a good show at World’s Fair Park. They finished with their traditional performances of the “1812 Overture” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” I love the “1812 Overture” but I’m still puzzled why a song about the Russians and the French would be played in the USA every year on the Fourth of July. I credit (or blame) Arthur Fiedler for popularizing the tradition. I guess if it was good enough for Fiedler, it’s good enough for me because “Evening at Pops” was regular viewing at our house when I was growing up.

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