Celebrate July 4th Online

The Washington DC skyline will serve as backdrop for PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, the network’s 38th annual celebration of Independence Day.

The live broadcast, airing  tomorrow from 8 to 9:30 pm ET on PBS stations (but check your local listings), will stream simultaneously on YouTube, Facebook and pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth. The program will then be available online until July 18.

John Stamos will host the show, which will include performances by:

  • Jimmy Buffett, with the Broadway cast of the musical Escape to Margaritaville;
  • The Beach Boys, who will be awarded A Capitol Fourth’s National Artistic Achievement Award;
  • Soprano Renée Fleming, performing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to honor the men and women who serve in the US military;
  • Violinist Joshua Bell, with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly;
  • Country music singer-songwriter Luke Combs, with country music performer and American Idol alum Lauren Alaina;
  • Motown legends The Temptations, Grammy Award-winning gospel performer CeCe Winans and the a cappella group Pentatonix;
  • The Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.

There will, of course, be fireworks, with the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery performing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannonfire.

For more information, visit PBS.

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