A Capitol Fourth

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the concert held?
    The concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

  • Do I need tickets to attend?
    The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

  • How do I get to the concert?
    Taking the Metro to the concert site is strongly advised due to traffic volume and street closings put in place for the event. The nearest stations are Capitol South, Federal Center SW (Orange/Blue lines) and Union Station (Red line). Please note that on July Fourth the Smithsonian Metro stop (Blue/Orange lines) will be closed. WMATA has a trip planner you can use to map your route.

  • When do the gates open?
    Typically, general admission gates open at 3 p.m. The public will not be admitted to the West Lawn of the Capitol before that time. In the interests of public safety, all guests must submit to Security Screening procedures. All bags and parcels will be checked for prohibited and/or dangerous items and guests will be required to submit to screening by magnetometers (metal detectors). Guests are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Prohibited Items List published by the United States Capitol Police and to avoid bringing items on the list to the concert site. More details can be found on the U.S. Capitol Police's website under the Press Room. These Security Screening Checkpoints can be accessed west of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, at the intersections of either Third St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW or Third St. and Maryland Ave. SW. Wheelchair accessible screening sites are also identified on the U.S. Capitol Police web site.

  • What time does the concert start and how long does it last?
    The concert broadcast begins at 8 p.m. EDT and concludes at 9:30 p.m.

  • Who will be hosting and who are the performers at this year’s concert?
    Our host and Performers are listed in the performers section of this website.

  • Can I bring my camera and video camera to take pictures or record the concert?
    While you may take photographs and video of the concert, you are not allowed to publish, distribute or sell any photographs or video.

  • Am I allowed to bring food and drink? Is alcohol allowed?
    Yes, you may bring food to the A Capitol Fourth celebration but alcohol is strictly prohibited.

  • Are there bathrooms nearby?
    Yes, portable toilets are available.

  • When does the PBS program air?
    The PBS program is broadcast live (8:00 p.m. EDT) so that television viewers across the nation can enjoy the event together with hundreds of thousands of people on-site. To be certain of the air time in your area, be sure to check local listings.

  • I missed the show but I want to watch it. Will it be on PBS again?
    You’re in luck! The vast majority of PBS stations replay A Capitol Fourth immediately after the show concludes. In most areas this is from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT, but check local listings. Some PBS stations also replay the show within a few days of July Fourth.

  • Is it possible to get a copy of the program or a CD of the music?
    Unfortunately, copyright restrictions do not permit us to issue video or audio copies of the program. However, we hope you are able to watch the broadcast, and we encourage you to tell others about it.

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