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2016 Capitol Fourth Celebration

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 15, 2016 11:26 AM

This July 4th, America's national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country's 240th birthday, as A Capitol Fourth on PBS welcomes back Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (DANCING WITH THE STARS) to host the festivities.  Broadcast live on WITF from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the all-star musical extravaganza puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.  

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A Capitol Fourth (#July4thPBS) will feature performances by: legendary Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson; platinum selling recording star and Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins; multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw; Award-winning country vocalist Cassadee Pope; actress and singer Amber Riley (GLEE), who is set to star in DREAMGIRLS THE MUSICAL on London's West End; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster (YOUNGER, GILMORE GIRLS); and the cast of the smash hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! the inspiring true story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  Alisan Porter, the Season 10 winner of THE VOICE, will open the show with a special performance of the "National Anthem."  The concert will also feature special segments in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the USO and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. 

The 36th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth airs on WITF Monday, July 4, 2016 from 8:00pm-9:30pm before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.  The program can also be heard live in stereo on WITF 89.5 and 93.3. 

The top-rated, award-winning program features twenty cameras positioned around the city, including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.  Capping off the show will be 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 A Capitol Fourth tradition.  

Also participating in the event will be the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C. 

A Capitol Fourth will also repeat at 9:30pm on July 4 and Noon on July 5 on WITF. 

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