Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence

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“Freedom and independence are tangible concepts to me, and the opportunities we enjoy in a free society resonate deeply, given my firsthand experience living in a place where these things are absent,” says Lidia. “I am eternally grateful to my adopted homeland of America and feel so fortunate to live in a place where we can enjoy a vibrant, richly diverse, multicultural society–something I want to communicate to viewers with this entire series as things to celebrate and cherish.”

— Lidia Bastianich

Renowned chef, culinary author and TV personality Lidia Bastianich sets out on a compelling new adventure, traveling across the country with celebrity guests to celebrate diversity and explore moving tales of hard-won freedom. Joining her on her journey are actress Anna Deavere Smith, opera singer Renee Fleming, chef Jacques Pepin, singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright and actor/comedian Alec Mapa. Lidia also recounts her own family’s powerful story of fleeing life behind the Iron Curtain to come to the USA after World War II.

Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence, aired on Friday, June 28, 2013 on PBS.

In Freedom and Independence Lidia experiences four diverse ways to celebrate freedom:

Monticello July 4 Naturalization Ceremony Medals

Celebrating July 4 in Monticello

Lidia Bastianich experiences the 4th of July in Charlottesville, Virginia at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Continue

Lidia Bastianich and Jacques Pepin

Celebrating Bastille Day with Jacques Pepin

Lidia Bastianch and Jacques Pepin celebrates Bastille Day at his lovely Connecticut home with dozens of French-Americans. Continue

Juneteenth Parade in Galveston, Texas: African-American Soldiers Marching in Union Army Uniforms

Celebrating Juneteenth in Galveston, Texas

The holiday of “Juneteenth” celebrates the emancipation from slavery, and originated in Galveston, Texas. Continue

Lidia Bastianich cooking Filipino food with Alec Mapa

Celebrating Filipino Independence

Lidia Bastianich calls upon comedian and actor Alec Mapa to help her celebrate Philippine Independence and learn about the country’s varied traditions. Continue

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