Preview: A Capitol Fourth @ PBS, 7/4/20

July 4th fireworks, Washington, D.C.  (LOC)
July 4th fireworks in DC in 2008 (Photo courtesy The Library of Congress)

On Saturday night, a 4th of July tradition continues, as A Capitol Fourth will take place for its 40th anniversary, starting at 8pm ET on PBS.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live A Capitol Fourth will not be held on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. To ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, this year’s performances were pre-taped across the country without a live audience.

Hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams, the 90 minute presentation will be filled with patriotic performances from legendary artists and stars of today. The 40th anniversary of A Capitol Fourth will feature performances by R&B legend Patti LaBelle, rock and roll singer John Fogerty, country music stars Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert, and Lauren Alaina, pop music singer/songwriter Andy Grammer, the National Symphony Orchestra, and many more.

Watch the official music video for “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle on YouTube:

In addition to the traditional elements celebrating the history of America, this year’s presentation 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 out nation’s past and present, and a salute to our wounded warriors and their families.

Said Executive producer Michael Colbert, “For four decades, A Capitol Fourth has paid tribute to our nation’s birthday and the hopes and dreams of all Americans. 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.”

The program will finish with an audience favorite, a live fireworks display over the Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC, along with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

The entire A Capitol Fourth broadcast airs on PBS from 8:00 to 9:30pm ET. The program will also be streamed online on Facebook, Youtube and online.

Catch the show on the PBS website for A Capitol Fourth! 

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