By Jeff Jarvis
July 07, 1986 12:00 PM

Whitney Houston, the Boston Pops, John Denver, Melissa Manchester, Johnny Cash and Manilow perform. Then comes the big bang, those 40,000 fireworks. And Sam Waterston recites Henry David Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience.

Sat., July 5, 8-10 p.m. ET

The New York Philharmonic plays Central Park.