LINCOLN — “A Capitol Fourth” continues its 39-year tradition of celebrating our nation’s independence on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building.
“A Capitol Fourth” airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 4, on NET. It will repeat at 9 p.m.
Two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos returns to host the July 4th television tradition.
The family-friendly Independence Day celebration will commemorate the country’s 243rd birthday with all-star musical performances, including Grammy Award-winning music legend Carole King, electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling, singer-songwriter and actress Keala Settle (“The Greatest Showman”), multi-platinum recording artist Vanessa Williams and many more. It will pay tribute to our men and women in uniform with a special performance by the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and Stamos.
The concert will also feature a special treat for the entire family, with Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover and Bert & Ernie from “Sesame Street” on hand to celebrate America’s birthday. The “Sesame Street” Muppets will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites and iconic songs from the groundbreaking children’s television series, currently celebrating 50 years of learning and fun.
The top-rated, award-winning program will be capped off with fireworks over the nation’s iconic skyline and 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.