The Kennedy Center


A Capitol Fourth 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 8:00 PM

JFK Centennial Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day with the NSO and special guests in a free concert of patriotic favorites, classical masterworks, and more, all followed by the spectacular fireworks display!

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National Symphony Orchestra
Independence Day Concert
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 8 p.m. (Gates open to the public at 3 p.m.)
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

America’s favorite Independence Day celebration, A Capitol Fourth puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. A Capitol Fourth is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and our troops watching around the world on the American Forces Network.

The 2017 edition of A Capitol Fourth is hosted by John Stamos and features performances by The Beach Boys, The Blues Brothers, Kellie Pickler, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, Yolanda Adams, Chris Blue, Sofia Carson, Laura Osnes, Mark McGrath, Sam Moore, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes

FREE EVENT, no tickets required. There will be a rehearsal on Monday, July 3 at 8 p.m.

The event will be aired by PBS Tuesday, July 4 at 8/7c on PBS (check local listings) and can also be heard live in stereo over NPR Member stations nationwide.

NOTE: No alcoholic beverages allowed.

NOTE: In case of inclement weather, please call the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Concert Hotline at (202) 416-8114 after 2:30 p.m. on the day of the concert to find out if the performance will take place as scheduled.