A Capitol Fourth - America's Independence Day Celebration
The Concert History of the Fourth Patriotic Reflections Fireworks and Fun

Old Glory July 4th Over the Years Pierre L'Enfant and the National Mall
Sousa: The March King
Explore America's Past
Patriotic Notes and Quotes
What the Fourth Means to You

History of the Fourth


The National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Arts Society of Washington perform Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever".


Each year “A Capitol Fourth” celebrates the glorious music of John Philip Sousa – probably the most famous marching band conductor and composer in history – with a rousing rendition of some of his best-loved compositions, often accompanied by the brilliant fireworks display over the Washington Monument.

Visit the sections to your left to learn more about this notable American composer and his work.

Download free patriotic ringtones inspired by Sousa to your phone.