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A Capitol Fourth
The nation’s premier Independence Day holiday concert features performances from some of the country’s best known and award-winning musical artists with the National Symphony Orchestra. The Capitol Fourth concert and show includes an evening of patriotic and uplifting music followed by a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument. The concert is open to the public and no tickets are required. The annual event will be broadcast live on WETA TV 26 with a repeat airing at 10:00 p.m. See the following photos to learn about the performers for this year's concert.
Date: July 4, 2017
Time: 8 - 9:30 p.m. (Admittance begins at 3 p.m.)
Location: West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol
Access to the concert is located at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. The best way to get to the Capitol is to take the Metro. The closest stations include Capitol South, Federal Center SW and Union Station. Read more about getting to the National Mall, public transportation, parking,... security and road closures.
For details about all of the events on the National Mall, see Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DCContinue to 2 of 11 below.
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Blues Brothers - A Capitol Fourth
The Blues Brothers perform this year for America's birthday celebration.
Jake and Elwood Blues made their national television debut (and first paying gig) on Saturday Night Live with their breakthrough, high-energy rendition of Sam and Dave’s classic Soul Man. It was an overnight sensation that catapulted these two brothers from Calumet City, IL to the heights of stardom. Soul Man sparked a national summer tour, two platinum albums and the landmark feature film, The Blues Brothers. Elwood Blues joins Brother Zee singing and dancing their way through the greatest Blues Brothers hits: Sweet Home Chicago, Messin’ with the Kid, and, of course, Soul Man, all backed by the internationally renowned Sacred Hearts:Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys perform for America's birthday celebration. A Capitol Fourth is viewed by millions at home and attended by hundreds of thousands of people at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
The Beach Boys have continued to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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John Stamos performs this year for America's birthday celebration.
Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos continues to captivate audiences with an array of multi-faceted performances across television, film and theater. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Stamos has become one of the most revered television stars of his generation.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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The Four Tops
The 2017 Independence Day celebration features The Four Tops.
The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, hard rock, and showtunes.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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The concert features Chris Blue, winner of “The Voice” Season 12.
Chris Blue, The Voice Season 12 winner, grew up in a family of seven in a tiny house. His mother decided to put the family in a band called the Blue Family, where they sang at local churches. It later became the Blue Brothers and they performed across the Midwest and later at the Bobby Jones Gospel show on BET.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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The 2017 concert features Sophia Carson.
An actress and singer, Carson has starred in four movies, and has already had a #1 album - though she is best known for her role as Evie in Disney Channel’s 2015’s global hit original movie Descendants.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Trace Adkins performs in this year's Independence Day celebration.
Towering baritone Trace Adkins has sold more than 11 million albums and charted more than 20 singles in his 25 years in Nashville, a remarkable run for one of country music’s most easily identifiable stars.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Top pops conductor Jack Everly will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) for the 2017 Independence Day celebration.
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. Maestro Everly will conduct over 90 performances in more than 20 North American cities this season.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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National Symphony Orchestra
The internationally renowned National Symphony Orchestra performs at A CAPITOL FOURTH from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Fireworks Over the Washington Monument
A burst of fireworks streams down over the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument during America's biggest and best-loved birthday party. Capping off the show will be a rousing 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 U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, DC.
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