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, DC.

  • 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). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has a trip planner you can use to map your route.

  • When do the gates open?
    General Admission gates typically open at 3 p.m. The public will not be admitted to the West Lawn of the Capitol before that time. Checkpoints will be set up, and all bags and parcels will be checked. Guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. The gates are located at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. There are viewing areas for the use of guests with disabilities. More details can be found on the U.S. Capitol Police's website in the Press Room.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Where can I find a live stream of the broadcast?
    Unfortunately, we cannot stream the live broadcast, but most PBS stations replay the show immediately or soon after the live show. Many stations also rebroadcast the concert. Check your local listings!

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