The annual PBS concert A Capitol Fourth broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol July 4 beginning at 8 PM ET (check local listings).
Alfonso Ribeiro (The Tap Dance Kid, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) hosts the 43rd annual edition of the PBS concert, which features the talents of Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles, currently starring on Broadway in Sweeney Todd; Tina Tony winner Adrienne Warren, who will pay tribute to the late Tina Turner (joined by Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music); the Broadway company of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical,
featuring Will Swenson and Robyn Hurder; opera star (and recently announced Kennedy Center honoree) Renée Fleming; the
rock-and-roll band Chicago; Grammy-winning R&B group Boyz II
Men; Go-Go's co-founder and lead vocalist Belinda Carlisle; 12-time
Grammy winner Babyface; country duo Maddie & Tae; artist-songwriter
Charles Esten; and Sesame Street's Elmo and Cookie Monster.
Performers are backed by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of pops conductor Jack Everly.
The celebration also features NASA astronauts Frank Rubio, Steve Bowen, and Woody Hoburg; a tribute to America’s nurses with a performance by the inspirational front-line workers Northwell Nurse Choir; and a patriotic musical medley featuring The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” during the fireworks display.
Also participating in the event are the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags, the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C., the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music.
The Independence Day celebration will also be available for streaming at PBS.org.