YORBA LINDA – Tony Orlando, one of the most beloved and iconic American entertainers of the past 50 years, will headline Fourth of July at the Nixon Library with a patriotic performance and the dedication the original Gold Record of his worldwide hit, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” to the Library’s collection.
“I want to dedicate the Gold Record to the Nixon Library because without the President, we would not be able to embrace these wonderful men [Vietnam POWs],” announced Orlando at the POW 40th anniversary homecoming reunion in May 2013.
The special presentation with Tony Orlando is Thursday, July 4 at 11am and is included with regular admission to the Nixon Library. The record will be on display in the All-American Homecoming POW special exhibit through the end of summer.
Seating for the performance is first-come, first served.
The Gold Record will be accepted by Captain Charlie Plumb, former Vietnam POW for five years, on behalf of the Richard Nixon Foundation.
“Tie A Yellow Ribbon” was a #1 hit in the U.S. for four weeks in April 1973 and grew into a lasting American anthem of hope, homecoming, reunion and renewal, inspired by the return of the Vietnam POWs by President Nixon.
Orlando is best known for his hit 70’s TV show, Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour on CBS and his #1 songs, “ Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” and “He Don’t Love You.
THURSDAY, JULY 4
11AM- SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST AND TV STAR TONY ORLANDO
NOON – Check out a presentation of life saving equipment by the Orange County Fire Authority
Meet “Sonsee,” the OC Sheriff Department’s search and rescue blood hound
Enjoy lunch at the Boy Scout BBQ
2PM – Performance by the renowned 90-member Placentia Symphonic Band
FRIDAY, JULY 5:
11AM: Enjoy American favorites by Cal State Fullerton’s OLLI Chorale
SATURDAY, JULY 6:
11AM: Patriotic concert by the Huntington Beach Concert Band
ALL WEEKEND LONG:
Meet George Washington and see his fascinating Revolutionary War memorabilia
Sign your John Hancock on a giant copy of the Declaration of Independence
Docent-guided tours of Richard Nixon’s birthplace, President’s Helicopter and the museum galleries
All events are included with regular admission.
FOR COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES CONTACT:
The Richard Nixon Foundation is a not-for-profit organization at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library dedicated to education, and illuminating the life and legacy of America’s 37th President. For more information visit the Foundation online at Nixonfoundation.org.
Richard Nixon Foundation
18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, California 92886