Join Rhode Island PBS for the 40th annual presentation of A Capitol Fourth, an Independence Day celebration from the heart of Washington, D.C. From stirring musical tributes to sweeping coverage of the biggest fireworks display in the nation, A Capitol Fourthwill be a night to remember.
Co-hosted by two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor John Stamos (You, Full House, ER) and multi-platinum recording artist Vanessa Williams, the celebration will include iconic performances from across the country, including Washington, D.C, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
The 90-minute special features a tribute to our nation’s frontline heroes in the fight against COVID-19, a segment honoring the many contributions of African Americans from our nation’s past and present, and a salute to our wounded warriors and their families. Then, the program shifts to a dazzling display of fireworks over the U.S. Capitol’s iconic skyline.
Novel performances for the 40th anniversary include: Grammy Award-winning legend Patti LaBelle; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty; four-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Renée Fleming; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; country music star Trace Adkins; multi-platinum singer/songwriter Andy Grammer; five-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel vocalist Yolanda Adams; multi-platinum country music singer/songwriter Brantley Gilbert; platinum-selling country music star Lauren Alaina; Tony Award-winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell; Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara; Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In the Heights); and SAG Award-winning actress Chrissy Metz(This Is Us, Breakthrough). The National Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
“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.”
The 40th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth airs on Rhode Island PBS Saturday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will also be available for streaming on Facebook, YouTube, and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth.
WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits over the air in high definition on digital 36.1; Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD in MA; DirecTV 36, Dish Network 36.