New this year - A half-hour post-show special musical performance, Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," performed by The United States Marine Band, conducted by Colonel Michael Colburn, with Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell as the speaker.
Hear this special program on Wednesday, July 4, at 7:00 pm over Classical 88.7-1.
America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR newscaster Korva Coleman, this year's A Capitol Fourth features an inspiring Olympic tribute to Team USA and performances by Megan Hilty, Javier Colon, Kool & the Gang, Kelli O'Hara and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Unique segments this year include a rousing send off to Team USA as they head to the London 2012 Olympic Games, featuring current and past U.S. Olympians as well as members of the U.S. Paralympic team, and a musical tribute to beloved American legend Gene Kelly in celebration of his 100th birthday.
The National Symphony Orchestra will perform a medley of Hollywood classics, including Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris. As the program's tradition, the show will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks display, with 20 cameras stationed at vantage points around D.C., including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. The fireworks will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," with live cannon fire provided by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery.