If you want to attend the “A Capitol Fourth” concert, but have questions about admission, security and weather, this section will answer all of those questions.
The following are answers to the most frequently asked questions received by the producers of “A Capitol Fourth”.
Where is the concert held?
Do I need tickets to attend?
How do I get to the concert?
When do the gates open?
What time does the concert start and how long does it last?
Who is performing at this year's concert?
Can I bring my camera and video camera to take pictures/record the concert?
Am I allowed to bring food and drink? Is alcohol allowed?
Are there bathrooms nearby?
When does the PBS program air?
Is it possible to get a copy of the program or a CD of the music?
I missed the show but I want to watch it. Will it be on PBS again?
The concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The concert is open to the public, and is free. No tickets are necessary.
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 4 the Smithsonian Metro stop (Blue/Orange lines) will be closed. Access is at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. Please allow extra time for travel if you are planning to attend the concert, as heightened security measures will be in place. More details about transportation options and security on the Mall can be found on washingtonpost.com.
General Admission gates will open at 3:00PM. The public will not be admitted to the West Lawn of the Capitol before that time. Checkpoints will be set up for search of bags and parcels. Guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. The gates are located at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds.
More details can be found on the U.S. Capitol Police's website in the Pressroom.
Our host and performers are listed in the Performers section of this website.
The concert begins at 8p.m. ET. We strongly recommend, however, if you would like to be able to view the concert that you get there at 6 p.m.
While you may take photographs and video of the concert, you are not allowed to publish, distribute or sell any photographs or video.
Yes, you may bring food to the "A Capitol Fourth" celebration but alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Yes, portable toilets are available.
The PBS program is broadcast live so that television viewers across the nation can enjoy the event at the same time (8:00 p.m. ET) as hundreds of thousands of people on- site.
Unfortunately, copyright restrictions do not permit us to issue video or audio copies of the program; however, we do hope you are able to watch the broadcast, and we encourage you to tell others about it.
You’re in luck! The vast majority of PBS stations replay "A Capitol Fourth" directly after the show concludes. In most areas this is from 9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET, but check local listings. PBS stations can replay the show within a few days of the Fourth, so check with your local station.