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A Capitol Fourth

A Capitol Fourth

  • Premiered: 
    July 4, 1981
    (Click date to see TV listings for that day)

  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Holiday
  • Tags: Independence Day/4th of July

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1981, PBS has broadcast the Independence Day celebration on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, with fireworks, a live performance by the National Symphony Orchestra, and musical numbers by world-renowned guest musicians and singers. The celebration ends with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery.
In 2022, PBS aired A CAPITOL FOURTH live on Monday, July 4 from 8-9:30pm ET (live)/PT (tape), with Mickey Guyton hosting and performing. The line-up for A CAPITOL FOURTH will feature:

- Emmy and SAG Award-winning actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss (AMERICAN CRIME STORY, GLEE);
- five-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel legend Yolanda Adams;
- multi-platinum pop artist and songwriter Andy Grammer;
- Grammy Award-winning music legend Gloria Gaynor;
- platinum-certified country music singer songwriter Jake Owen;
- ground-breaking five-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb' Mo';
- Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and recording artist Emily Bear (THE UNOFFICIAL BRIDGERTON MUSICAL);
- multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and recording artist Loren Allred (THE GREATEST SHOWMAN); and
- the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

Broadway legend and one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history, Chita Rivera, will lead a 65th anniversary celebration of WEST SIDE STORY featuring the National Symphony Orchestra who will perform a special musical tribute to one of Broadway's most successful shows. A theatrical icon, Rivera's electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of WEST SIDE STORY in 1957 brought her stardom. The segment will feature a performance of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's iconic ballad "Somewhere" by Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee, Cynthia Erivo.

The evening will also include a special tribute to our men and women in uniform and their families by Emmy Award-winning, multiplatinum selling recording artist and published author Rachel Platten who will perform her hit song "Stand by You."

The concert also marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial, one of America's most famous and majestic landmarks. It was built as a tribute to a President whose leadership united the nation in a time of crisis, and whose eloquence spoke to our aspirations and dreams of a better tomorrow. The segment will feature a stirring performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Yolanda Adams live from the Lincoln Memorial


Other Titles

  • Previously known as A Capitol Fourth with the National Symphony


  • - Washington D.C., Washington D.C. USA