Experience A Capitol Fourth
Get ready! Whether you are among the hundreds of thousands joining us on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC or one of the millions watching at home on PBS, America’s favorite Independence Day tradition offers a unique experience.
As the excitement builds to this year’s “A Capitol Fourth” concert, join our 2013 star-studded cast, as they prepare to celebrate America’s Independence Day! Click on the special features below to enjoy all-star performances and learn more about the meaning of this all-American holiday.
“Let Freedom Ring”
“A Capitol Fourth” welcomes back music superstar Barry Manilow to headline this year’s celebration on the West Lawn of the Capitol. This legendary performer is back by popular demand, following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009, which included this rousing rendition of “Let Freedom Ring.”
“Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down)”
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond will debut his new tribute song inspired by Boston Marathon bombing on the 33rd Annual “A Capitol Fourth.” Diamond was moved to write about the incomprehensible tragedy that rocked the city on April 15, 2013 and will perform his new work, “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 100% of the proceeds from the song sales will benefit One Fund Boston and the Wounded Warrior Project.
“Motown The Musical”
The Broadway cast of "Motown The Musical" takes the stage of “A Capitol Fourth” to tell the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America.
Honoring John Williams’ Artistic Achievements
At this year’s “A Capitol Fourth,” legendary composer and conductor John Williams will lead the National Symphony Orchestra in an inspiring performance of his Oscar-nominated original score to the film “Lincoln.” Here he is receiving the National Artistic Achievement Award, honoring his lifetime contribution as one of America’s greatest musical voices.
Broadway and television star Megan Hilty returns to “Strike Up the Band” on the 2013 “A Capitol Fourth.” Here’s an excerpt of Hilty’s star-spangled performance at the 2012 Concert.
The Newest American Idol
2013 “American Idol” winner Candice Glover returns to the stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for this year’s “A Capitol Fourth.” Here’s her powerful performance of “A Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra at this year’s “National Memorial Day Concert.”
America’s Got Jackie Evancho
Audiences on the West Lawn of the Capitol and PBS prepare to be astonished at the beautiful soprano voice of 13-year-old prodigy Jackie Evancho, as she takes the stage at the 2013 “A Capitol Fourth” concert. In a little over two years since her “America’s Got Talent” debut floored audiences, she has won millions of fans and dominated the charts.
Country Music Idol Scotty McCreery
As the first male country star to win “American Idol,” Scotty McCreery has quickly emerged as one of country music’s most successful new performers. Now a platinum recording artist, Scotty makes a stop during his first headline tour for a debut performance on this year’s “A Capitol Fourth.”
A Crowd Pleaser
“A Capitol Fourth” offers the audience a unique opportunity to celebrate some wonderful July 4th moments. Join us for a look back at some of the best crowd photos from the concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.