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A Capitol Fourth 2020

Airs Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + July 4 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 + Livestream

Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol

Credit: Courtesy of Capital Concerts/Keith Lamond via Shutterstock

Above: Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol

This year’s show is co-hosted by two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (Netflix’s YOU, FULLER HOUSE, ER) and multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams.

The nation’s 244th birthday celebration will feature new performances from iconic locations across the country, including Washington, D.C, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, as well as highlights from the concert’s forty-year history and the stirring patriotic favorites viewers enjoy on the Fourth of July.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live “A Capitol Fourth” will not be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; instead, to ensure the health and safety of all involved, this year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience.

2020 A Capitol Fourth: Preview

Join us July 4 at 8/7c on PBS for a special 40th anniversary presentation of "A Capitol Fourth," featuring Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, Renée Fleming, Trace Adkins, Andy Grammer, Yolanda Adams, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, The Temptations, Chrissy Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Mandy Gonzalez, Maestro Jack Everly conducting the NSO and co-hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams!

This special 90-minute presentation, available on television, radio and digital media, will also feature a tribute to our nation’s workers on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic, a segment honoring the contributions of African American heroes from our nation’s past and present, and a salute to our wounded warriors and their families.

The fireworks display over our nation’s iconic skyline will be covered live during the broadcast captured by multiple cameras stationed around the city.

Behind the Scenes Interview with Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams answers viewer questions in a behind-the-scenes interview for the 2020 "A Capitol Fourth."

“For four decades ‘A Capitol Fourth’ has paid tribute to our nation’s birthday and the hopes and dreams of all Americans,” said Executive Producer Michael Colbert. “This year, our broadcast will reflect what we as a country have faced and the challenges ahead, while showcasing our message of inclusion, patriotism and love.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of Derek Blanks

Patti LaBelle

The 40th anniversary edition of “A Capitol Fourth” will feature performances by:

Photo credit: Courtesy of Capital Concerts

The Temptations

Behind the Scenes Interview with Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams answers viewer questions in a behind-the-scenes interview for the 2020 "A Capitol Fourth."

To mark the program’s 40th anniversary, the broadcast will also feature highlights of iconic performances from previous concerts.

The program will also include a special tribute by John Stamos to our first responders, the doctors, nurses and paramedics, grocery store workers and truck drivers, scientists and mail carriers, new American heroes putting their lives at risk now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.

“These workers are committed to keeping us safe, keeping us fed, healing the sick and keeping the country going during this pandemic,” commented Stamos. “It’s important for all of us to take a moment in our show to thank them and honor them for their spirit and courage.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of Capital Concerts

Host John Stamos

The segment honoring them will include a musical performance of the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Standing with You” by SAG Award-winning and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Chrissy Metz (THIS IS US, "Breakthrough").

Behind the Scenes Interview with Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz answers viewer questions in a behind-the-scenes interview for the "A Capitol Fourth 2020."

The top-rated, award-winning program will be capped off with fireworks, a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, an audience favorite and “A Capitol Fourth” tradition.

Behind the Scenes Interview with Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez answers viewer questions in a behind-the-scenes interview for the 2020 "A Capitol Fourth."

Also participating in new and some selected past performances are members of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C., the Choral Arts Society of Washington and Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music.

Behind the Scenes Interview with Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert answers viewer questions in a behind-the-scenes interview for the 2020 "A Capitol Fourth."

Watch On Your Schedule:

The 40th annual broadcast airs Saturday, July 4, 2020 beginning at 8 p.m., as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

The concert will also be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and and available to stream on demand from July 4 to July 18, 2020.

The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide.

Join The Conversation:

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A co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA

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Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol.


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