A CAPITOL FOURTH 2014 National Symphony Orchestra Independence Day Concert Friday, July 4, 2014, 8 p.m. (Gates open to the public at 3 p.m.) West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
A Capitol Fourth celebrates Independence Day on the lawn of the West Lawn of the Capitol, with patriotic performances and the biggest, most distinctive fireworks display in the nation.
Legendary five-time Academy Award-winning and 21-time Grammy Award-winning film composer John Williams will conduct his special new arrangement for orchestra and chorus of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and the Armed Forces Color Guard.
Hosted by two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), A Capitol Fourth will also feature performances by: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frankie Valli; Grammy Award-winning music legend Patti LaBelle; platinum recording artist and songwriter Phillip Phillips; multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald; country music superstar Sara Evans; singer-songwriter Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive; and five-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway star Kelli O'Hara; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
And, as a special treat for the entire family, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy--stars of the recent release of Muppets Most Wanted--will be on hand to celebrate America's 238th birthday, performing the Oscar-nominated song "Rainbow Connection" with the National Symphony Orchestra.
FREE EVENT, no tickets required. There will be a rehearsal on Thursday, July 3 at 8 p.m.
The event will be aired by PBS (check local listings) and to our service members around the world on the Armed Forces Network, and can also be heard live in stereo over NPR Member stations nationwide. For more information, please visit A Capitol Fourth's homepage on PBS.org.