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Get Your Fireworks Fix With PBS’ 40th Annual ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Concert


Traditional July 4th fireworks shows have been canceled all over the USA, but PBS has your back with the broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth,” the 40th annual Washiongton, D.C. patriotic concert that will end with the traditional fireworks display.

If you’re looking to enjoy the concert, you have options. The event airs on PBS Saturday, July 4, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET. As with all PBS programs, check your local listings to confirm the time and airdate.

Troops serving around the world can enjoy the show on the American Forces Network.

Listeners who just want to enjoy the music can listen in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will also be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and the PBS website. Finally, if you’re out during the broadcast, you can watch via Video on Demand for a limited time from July 4 to July 18, 2020.

Of course, we’re looking at changes for 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will not be held live on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. All performers will appear via pre-taped segments to ensure everyone’s health and safety. This workaround was previously employed with a fine result for the National Memorial Day Concert, so “A Capitol Fourth” should also get the job done in a time of crisis.

The event, hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams, features a star-studded roster of talent: Patti LaBelle; John Fogerty; Trace Adkins; Renée Fleming; The Temptations; Andy Grammer; Yolanda Adams; Brantley Gilbert; Lauren Alaina; Chrissy Metz; Brian Stokes Mitchell; Kelli O’’Hara; Mandy Gonzalez; and the National Symphony Orchestra.

The program will also feature a special tribute from John Stamos to the frontline heroes of the pandemic crisis. “These workers are committed to keeping us safe, keeping us fed, healing the sick and keeping the country going during this pandemic,” commented Stamos in a release. “It’s important for all of us to take a moment in our show to thank them and honor them for their spirit and courage.”

The National Symphony Orchestra will close the show with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” the perfect soundtrack to any fireworks display.

Stay inside this weekend, enjoy the fireworks of television and help make sure this is the only July 4th celebration we hold under pandemic conditions.

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