A lot goes on behind the scenes of A Capitol Fourth to bring the sights and sounds of the concert to our millions of viewers watching at home. Twenty television cameras are stationed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and around Washington, D.C. to capture the show and spectacular fireworks display.
Now you get to direct the show! Click on the clips below to pick your favorite shots from cameras we’ve hidden around the nation’s capital.
Camera 1 - Northern Virginia
A view of the illuminated Washington, D.C. skyline, as boats gather on the Potomac River, from a camera stationed in Northern VA.
Camera 2 – Grant Memorial
Canons are fired in front of the Washington Monument, as taken by a camera at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.
Camera 3 – Over U.S. Capitol
Fireworks light up the sky, as seen from the east side of the U.S. Capitol.
Camera 4 – Wide from U.S. Capitol
Hundreds of thousands of people on the West Lawn watch the fireworks as captured from the West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol.
Camera 5 – Wide Crowd from Stage
A view of the crowd waiting in anticipation for the fireworks display in front of the U.S. Capitol, captured by a camera on stage.
Camera 6 – White House
A view of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, captured by a camera set up north of the White House.
Camera 7 – Wide from Washington Memorial
A shot of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, as seen from the Washington Monument.
Camera 8 – Crowd at Lincoln Memorial
A crowd gathers in front of the Lincoln Memorial, from a camera position at the end of the reflecting pool.