A Capitol Fourth 2018: Independence Day Concert

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    Free Concert and Fireworks on the Capital Grounds

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    The nation’s premier Independence Day holiday concert features performances from some of the country’s best known and award-winning musical artists accompanied by 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, and the annual event will be broadcast live on WETA TV 26 with a repeat airing at 10:00 p.m.

    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, and the closest stations include Capitol South, Federal Center SW, and Union Station. Admittance to the West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol will begin at 3 p.m., but the concert does not start until 8 and the firework show will not begin until at least 9:30. 

    Keep in mind that getting to the National Mall on Independence Day can be slightly tricky as...MORE some road closures, train delays, and blocked routes may occur in preparation for celebrations across the city. There are other events on the National Mall for the 4th of July that you can check out.

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    Host: John Stamos

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    John Stamos will return in 2018 as the host for America's birthday celebration. This Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer has a career in television, film, and theater spanning more than 30 years, captivating audiences of all ages to this day.

    In 2016, he was even voted as the 2016 People's Choice Award winner for "Favorite Actor in a New TV Series" for playing a character in FOX's "Grandfathered." That same year, he was also featured in the reboot of the 1990s class "Full House," "Fuller House," which premiered on the streaming service Netflix.

    Stamos also ​occasionally tours with The Beach Boys and is known for his skills as a drummer, singer, and musician. He's also a Celebrity Ambassador for ChildHelp, an organization that provides education, treatment, and prevention programs for victims of child abuse.

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    Jack Everly

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    Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) for the 2018 Independence Day celebration in the middle of a tour of over 90 performances in more than 20 North American cities this year.

    Maestro Everly is no strange to conducting patriotic performances on the National Mall—he has served as the Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert as well as past A Capitol Fourth concerts in the past. Everly is also the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

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    National Symphony Orchestra

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    The internationally renowned National Symphony Orchestra will perform throughout the special concert event from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Based out of the Kennedy Center and led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, NSO is currently in its 87th season and is regarded as one of the finest ensembles in the world.

    Throughout the year, the NSO performs over 150 professional concerts around the world, including several free public performances on the Capitol's West Lawn as well as at other venues around the Capital Region.

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    Choral Arts Society of Washington

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    With over 50 years of experience in the Capital Region, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (Choral Arts) has become a cornerstone of the performing arts community in D.C. This year, A Capitol Fourth welcomes this performance troop to take the main stage for a showcase of patriotic music.

    Involving diverse members of the community in the 190-singer Choral Arts Chorus and 30-member Choral Arts Chamber Singers has earned Choral Arts a respected position in furthering the inclusivity and equality in the nation's capital. Led by Artistic Director Scott Tucker, Choral Arts produces an annual concert season primarily at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C.

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    The Beach Boys

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    Rumor has it the Beach Boys will return to perform with host John Stamos for America's birthday celebration in 2018. A Capitol Fourth is viewed by millions at home and attended by hundreds of thousands of people at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and their performance last year was met with much excitement from the crowd and the viewers at home.

    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 Eichenberger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band.

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    The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"

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    The United States Army's premier musical organization, the "Pershing's Own" Band was first established in 1922 by John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, who wanted to recreate the style of military bands he'd heard in Europe during World War I. This year, they'll return to the West Lawn to perform for A Capitol Fourth in 2018.

    Leadership of the United States—including all branches of government—and a wide variety of national events supporting troops, families, and community utilize "Pershing's Own" throughout the year, but they'll also sometimes use the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band to meet the growing list of commitments.

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    Fireworks Over the Washington Monument

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    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, D.C.