On-Air Highlights

A Capitol Fourth Special

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 17, 2013 12:19 PM

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This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists. Bergeron will lead an all-star cast during the top-rated musical and fireworks extravaganza that has become America’s favorite birthday party. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers at home are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

In celebration of America's 236th birthday, the show is 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 are The Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Band, members of the Armed Forces carrying the state and territorial flags and the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

Join witf for A Capitol Fourth on witf TV at 8pm and 9:30pm on July 4.  New this year, witf FM will simulcast the concert. Hear the performances on witf FM beginning at 8pm. 

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