Frequently Asked Questions
Can I attend the concert in person this year?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live A Capitol Fourth will not be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; instead, to ensure the health and safety of all involved, this year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience.
Where can I find a live stream of the broadcast?
A Capitol Fourth live streams on Facebook, YouTube and on our website and remains as a video-on-demand asset for the two weeks following the broadcast.
What time does the concert start and how long does it last?
The concert broadcast begins at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and is 90 minutes long.
Are the fireworks LIVE this year?
The fireworks display over our nation’s iconic skyline will be covered live during the broadcast, captured by more cameras than ever, including vantage points from rooftop locations across the city.
Who will be hosting and who are the performers at this year’s concert?
Our host and performers are listed in the Performers section of this website.
When does the PBS program air?
The PBS program is broadcast (8:00 p.m. ET). To be certain of the air time in your area, be sure to check local listings.
I missed the show but I want to watch it. Will it be on PBS again?
You’re in luck! The vast majority of PBS stations replay A Capitol Fourth immediately after the show concludes. In most areas this is from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET, but check local listings. Some PBS stations also replay the show within a few days.
Is it possible to get a copy of the program or a CD of the music?
Unfortunately, copyright restrictions do not permit us to issue video or audio copies of the program. However, we hope you are able to watch the broadcast, and we encourage you to tell others about it.