This year marks the 40th anniversary of A Capitol Fourth – PBS’ annual broadcast of the Fourth of July celebrations held at the U.S. Capitol. While this years’ performances will be captured remotely, amid COVID-19, viewers can look forward to an exciting line-up of talent, beginning at 8:00 pm EST, from such legendary acts as The Temptations, John Fogerty, Renée Fleming and Patti LaBelle.
Hosted by Vanessa Williams and John Stamos, the evening will also feature performances by Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert and Andy Grammer, as well as by actress Chrissy Metz, and Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Mandy Gonzalez. Additionally, viewers can look forward to catching members of the National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of pops conductor Jack Everly. Each of these remote appearances will be captured at iconic locations across the US, including Washington, D.C, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
Highlights from past years’ presentations will also be aired, while Stamos will offer a tribute to the country’s first responders and frontline workers – all putting their lives at risk during the COVID-19 crisis. The broadcast will also honour the contributions of current and past African American heroes, while a special salute will be made to wounded warriors and their families.
The show will conclude with Washington D.C.’s famous fireworks display, backed by Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’.
Motown legends The Temptations, meanwhile, just shared a brand new video with fans this past Friday, to commemorate Juneteenth. The “Emperors of Soul” performed the Carole King-penned song, ‘You’ve Got A Friend’. Ahead of the tune, founding member Otis Williams offered some poignant and heartfelt thoughts about the state of the world.