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A Capitol Fourth

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2018 Concert Highlights

The Temptations Perform "My Girl" at the 2018 A Capitol Fourth.

You can’t get more patriotic than this!” said Stamos. “I’m excited to carry on this July 4th TV tradition for the American people and especially proud to honor our veterans. You don’t want to miss it!

- John Stamos

On July 4, 2018, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicked off our country’s 242nd birthday on A Capitol Fourth with Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos as the host!

Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this time-honored 38 year-tradition put viewers front and center for America’s biggest birthday party with the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation lighting up the iconic D.C. skyline.

The country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical Escape To Margaritaville, making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol before launching a national tour; ‘America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer; theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents Chita Rivera; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; country music star and American Idol alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; internationally acclaimed Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell; and The Voice Season 14 finalist Kyla Jade; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

As we come together as one family of Americans to celebrate our freedom and independence, the concert will pay special tribute to our men and women in uniform by world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming, who will perform “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” her show-stopping anthem from the current hit Broadway production of Carousel. The inspiring moment will be dedicated to our troops serving around the world, their families, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for our freedom. A Capitol Fourth will feature a special video message from John Williams in honor of the 40th anniversary of Superman. The concert will also feature a special tribute to The Beach Boys who will be honored for their extraordinary musical career as the fifth-ever recipients of A Capitol Fourth’s National Artistic Achievement Award.

The 38th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth aired on PBS Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET 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 over NPR member stations nationwide

Also participating in the event was Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, 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. 

The 2018 A Capitol Fourth was live-streamed on PBS.org, YouTube and Facebook.

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