A CAPITOL FOURTH 2013
National Symphony Orchestra
Independence Day Concert
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8 p.m. (Gates open to the public at 3 p.m.)
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
FREE EVENT, no tickets required. There will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, July 3 at 8 p.m.
America's favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars) will return to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to host A CAPITOL FOURTH, starring music legend Barry Manilow, who is back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond will debut his new tribute song inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing, "Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)."
Broadcast live on PBS, the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country will also feature performances by Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of American Idol; country music artist Scotty McCreery (winner of American Idol); actor and singer Darren Criss (Glee); musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (Smash); Broadway's new hit Motown The Musical; and five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams conducting music from the Oscar-winning blockbuster Lincoln; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
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.
NOTE: No alcoholic beverages allowed.