A Capitol Fourth - America's Independence Day Celebration
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The Concert


In the three decades since the humble beginning of "A Capitol Fourth", a parade of superstars — including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Natasha Bedingfield, Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville and Kenny Rogers and the Muppets from "Sesame Street" — have offered the best in American entertainment and helped set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party.

There’s been an Independence Day celebration for 238 years — since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, our first Capitol. “A Capitol Fourth” is still celebrating Independence Day on the lawn of the current Capitol, with patriotic performances and the biggest, most distinctive fireworks display in the nation. It’s a great place to be on July 4th.

Phillip Phillips brings America “Home” at the 2012 “A Capitol Fourth” concert.

Javier Colon delivers a moving performance of “Stand By Me” at the 2012 “A Capitol Fourth” concert.

Josh Turner celebrates America’s birthday and his “Firecracker” at the 2012 “A Capitol Fourth” concert.

On a previous "A Capitol Fourth", everybody’s favorite Muppet – Elmo – sang a heartfelt "Happy Birthday America" accompanied by the renowned National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Erich Kunzel.

Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is played each year on the show accompanied by the brilliant fireworks display over the Washington Monument.  It’s a crowd pleaser and “A Capitol Fourth” tradition.

Premiere military bands performed favorite American marches at the Grant Statue while the fireworks exploded over the city.