A Capitol Fourth 2013
Airs Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV (8 p.m. on KPBS Radio)
Thursday, June 27, 2013
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America’s favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”) returns to host "A Capitol Fourth," starring music legend Barry Manilow, who is back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009.
Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country will also feature performances by Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of “American Idol”; country music artist Scotty McCreery (winner of “American Idol”); actor and singer Darren Criss (“Glee”); musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (“Smash”); Broadway’s new hit "Motown The Musical."
Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning musician and songwriter Neil Diamond will nationally debut “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing.
In celebration of America’s 237th birthday, the show will be capped off with 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 now an “A Capitol Fourth” tradition.
Also participating in the event will be The Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial flags and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers at home are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.