Tom Bergeron returns to host A Capitol Fourth!
A Capitol Fourth welcomes back Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron to host America’s 240th Independence Day celebration. Broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the 2016 edition of A Capitol Fourth 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, who is set to star in the musical Dreamgirls in London’s West End; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster; the cast of the smash hit Broadway musical “ON YOUR FEET!,” the inspiring true story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan; and 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 include special segments celebrating the 75th anniversary of the USO and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, as well as a red, white and blue send-off for Team USA competing in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Also participating in this year’s concert will be the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, 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.
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.