July Fourth Washington

Fireworks explode over Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol, along the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, during the Fourth of July celebration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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.

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