A Capitol Fourth Returns to PBS

A Capitol Fourth Returns to PBS

This July 4th, A Capitol Fourth continues its 39-year tradition of celebrating our nation’s independence on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building. The show will air at 8pm and encore at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16.

A Capitol Fourth’s family-friendly Independence Day celebration will commemorate our country’s 243rd birthday with all-star musical performances, and remains unaffiliated with any other July 4th events around the country, and in other locations in Washington, D.C. Two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos returns to host the country’s longest-running live national July 4th TV tradition.

This year’s production will feature:

  • Grammy Award-winning music legend Carole King with the Broadway cast of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical Beautiful starring Vanessa Carlton.
  • Multi-award winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.
  • Acclaimed Tony-nominated singer-songwriter and actress Keala Settle of The Greatest Showman.
  • Multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams.
  • Double ACM winner, CMA and Grammy nominee with more than 12 million in RIAA certified sales and early member of Pandora’s Billionaires Club Lee Brice.
  • Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat with her new band Gone West.
  • Five-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel vocalist extraordinaire Yolanda Adams.
  • 2019 American Idol winner Laine Hardy.
  • Singing sensation Angelica Hale.
  • This year’s winner of The Voice, Maelyn Jarmon.

The concert will also feature a special treat for the entire family, with Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover, Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street on hand to celebrate America’s birthday.  The Sesame Street Muppets will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites and iconic songs from the groundbreaking children’s television series, currently celebrating a landmark 50 years of learning and fun.

The top-rated, award-winning program will be capped off with fireworks over our nation’s iconic skyline and a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A Capitol Fourth tradition.