When, How To Watch PBS ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Fireworks

This year will be possibly the most festive 4th of July many have seen in a while, with the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly behind everyone, and there will be no better way to celebrate than by the festive fireworks displays in various parts of the country. country, including the Washington DC-based celebration, “A Capitol Fourth,” on PBS.

The special, which will celebrate 42 years on air in 2022, begins July 4 at 8 p.m. EDT and will feature a slew of musical artists who will perform a concert in honor of American Freedom and Liberty. For the first time since 2019, the event finally returns to the US Capitol’s West Lawn, featuring live performances and open to the public.

The Mickey Guyton-hosted show will feature numerous celebratory performances in its grand return, including a celebration of the 65th anniversary of ‘West Side Story’, starring Chita Rivera as the National Symphony Orchestra pays a musical tribute. Additionally, Yolanda Adams will perform “Battle Hymn of the Republic” from the Lincoln Memorial as part of a centennial salute, Deadline reports.

Other appearances include Guyton himself, Darren Criss, Gloria Gaynor, Keb’ Mo’, Emily Bear, Andy Grammer and Loren Allred with the National Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Jack Everly) and Rachel Platten, who will pay tribute to military heroes and their families with her song, “Stand By You.”

Cynthia Erivo will also play the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim ballad “Somewhere”, while Jake Owen will perform “American Country Love Song” and “Down To The Honkytonk” with the National Symphony Orchestra.

The US Army Herald Trumpets, the US Army Presidential Salute Battery, members of the armed forces who carry gun salutes and territorial flags, the Armed Forces Color Guard, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music are also on hand for the evening.

The evening’s celebrations will conclude with the Capitol Fireworks and a 100th anniversary performance of the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Those wishing to watch the event from home can do so in a variety of ways, starting Monday 8pm EDT. Not only will it be broadcast on PBS (viewers should check local listings for specific broadcast dates and times for their location), but there will also be a live stream available online on the PBS website, the PBS YouTube channel and the PBS app .

It will also be broadcast on the channels of the Armed Forces Network and NPR members and will be available on Video on Demand services two weeks after the live broadcast.

“A Capitol Fourth” airs Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on PBS.


Capitol Fourth PBS-DC Fireworks

Photo: Getty Images for Capitol Concerts

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