Actor and producer John Stamos is set to host the 37th annual edition of PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth,” broadcast live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
The music and fireworks extravaganza will kick off the country’s 241st birthday with performances by Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of The Blues Brothers; The Beach Boys, featuring John Stamos (drums) and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath (vocals); Motown stars The Four Tops; “The Voice” Season 12 winner Chris Blue; and Tony-nominated Broadway star Phillipa Soo; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Additional performers will be announced.
Actress and singer Sofia Carson (“Descendents 2”) will open the show with a performance of the national anthem. The concert will also feature a tribute to men and women in uniform by country music star Trace Adkins, who will perform his new single “Still A Soldier.”
The production airs on PBS on July 4 from 8–9:30 p.m. before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will be live-streamed online on Facebook Live and pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth.
The program features 20 cameras positioned around the city to capture the fireworks display, including the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Capping off the show will be a 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, 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.