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SOURCE Destination America
-- Communities Win Memorable Independence Day Events Featuring Music, Family Activities and Fireworks for "Red, White and You" --
SILVER SPRING, Md., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Destination America, part of the Discovery Channel family of networks, and the only television network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the U.S., has organized a spectacular party for the two winning towns of its RED, WHITE AND YOU contest – Prescott, Ariz., and Hamtramck, Mich. The line-up of fun will feature thrilling rides, dazzling fireworks, and musical performances, including an appearance in Prescott by Grammy Award-winning band The Wallflowers. The RED, WHITE AND YOU festivities start in Prescott on July 4 and continue in Hamtramck on July 5.
"Destination America is known for all things Americana, and what says America more than a Fourth of July party? We are looking forward to hosting our second-annual RED, WHITE AND YOU event in two towns that truly deserve Independence Day celebrations filled with family activities, fried food and fireworks," said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. "And in Prescott, a town that's so badly in need of an uplifting event, there's no better way to infuse that spirit and patriotism of America's birthday than a taking in the infectious live performance of Grammy Award-winning band, The Wallflowers."
Prescott, still recovering from the devastating wildfires that tragically claimed the lives of 19 brave firefighters last year, kicks off RED, WHITE AND YOU with memorable Independence Day festivities ranging from rides and local entertainment to a live performance from the Grammy-winning rock band The Wallflowers. The critically acclaimed band will kick off in Prescott with one song prior to the honorary Fourth of July fireworks, and close the night with an electrifying performance.
Hamtramck, a true melting pot community of America that has persevered in a difficult economy, finally celebrates their first Fourth of July in more than 30 years. Bringing the entire community together on July 5, the party will commence with pony rides, a petting zoo and carnival games followed by a live performance from local Motown band JR Walkers Allstar. The evening will be rounded out by a spectacular fireworks show. Destination America also partnered with the Student Conservation Association to provide a complete facelift to Hamtramck's Veterans Park as well as with HATCH: A Hamtramck Art Collective to bring in local artists to create commemorative art pieces that will be donated to the town.
Making a special appearance in both cities will be Abel Gonzales from Destination America's hit TV show, DEEP FRIED MASTERS, which is launching a new season on July 12 at 10/9c. Abel will meet with festival attendees, share his coveted fry secrets and offer free samples of inventive fried foods, from deep-fried garlic butter to fried elephant ears, a popular cinnamon-sugar pastry.
Destination America partnered with national weekly magazine USA WEEKEND for the second-annual RED, WHITE AND YOU contest, awarding two deserving communities a one-of-a-kind Fourth of July celebration. The contest, which garnered more than 2,500 entries, asked folks across the country to put their patriotism on display to prove why their respective towns were most deserving of an over-the-top Independence Day party.
Five runner-up towns were also awarded a dazzling Independence Day celebration, courtesy of Destination America: Columbus, Ga.; Charleston, W.V.; Aiken, S.C.; Ellwood City, Pa; and Toledo, Ohio. Additionally, an online poll for a People's Choice winner, which took place at DestinationAmerica.com, resulted in three winners, with Delmont, S.D.; Gloucester, Mass.; and Hackleburg, Ala., coming out on top, each receiving $4,000 toward their local Parks and Recreation Department.
RED, WHITE AND YOU's first official sponsors are Ball Park® Brand and Nexium24HR, which are taking part in both grand-prize celebrations. There's nothing more American than watching fireworks and enjoying a juicy hot dog to celebrate the holiday so attendees will be able to enjoy great-tasting Ball Park Beef Franks with all the toppings! Comcast is also pleased to partner with Destination America in bringing RED, WHITE AND YOU to Hamtramck and will be on site to provide local families with information about the company's Internet Essentials program, the nation's largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program.
ABOUT THE WALLFLOWERS
Fronted by co-founder Jakob Dylan, The Wallflowers are now in their 25th year. The Los Angeles-based alternative rock band has taken home several Grammys, released six studio albums and sold more than seven million records worldwide. Don't miss The Wallflowers perform new hits and classic favorites such as "One Headlight", "6th Avenue Heartache", "The Difference" and more this summer in a city near you. For more information on The Wallflowers please visit: http://www.thewallflowers.com/, https://www.facebook.com/thewallflowersmusic, https://twitter.com/thewallflowers, https://www.youtube.com/user/TheWallflowersVEVO.
ABOUT USA WEEKEND
USA WEEKEND Magazine is the national weekly that empowers America to start taking action every weekend, with 22.6 million circulation and 50 million readers in print and online. Awarded for its journalism and design, USA WEEKEND is an action based news source for people throughout the country who look for real stories behind change and a source for American family's to find food, health, family and celebrity information. USA WEEKEND is a Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), publication. Find us on Twitter and Facebook and visit usaweekend.com.
ABOUT BALL PARK BRAND
The Ball Park brand was launched in 1957 in response to a request from the owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The Ball Park Frank was such a success, it was expanded nationally. Today, Ball Park products can be found in supermarkets, convenience stores and a variety of sports venues - including Detroit's Comerica Park. For more information, visit www.ballparkbrand.com.
About Destination America
Destination America is the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in nearly 60 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series like BBQ Pitmasters; A Haunting; Mountain Monsters; Buying Alaska; Buying the Bayou; and Railroad Alaska. For more information, please visit DestinationAmerica.com, facebook.com/DestinationAmerica, or twitter.com/DestAmerica. Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 2 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.
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