This year the big 4th of July concert live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in celebration of America's 236th birthday, will be hosted by the Emmy Award-winning host of “Dancing With the Stars,” Tom Bergeron.
Bergeron will lead an all-star group including Mathew Broderick, Anton Ohno and R&B stars Kool & The Gang.
I will be lolling on the Oregon beach this year on the 4th but our rental house has several tv sets. So, I’ll probably be tuning in to the big show from 8-9:30 p.m. Since it doesn’t even get really dark enough to shoot off fireworks until then … the show is timed perfectly.
I watched last year from the comfort of my living room and saw one of the biggest televised fireworks I’ve ever seen. It was incredible. You wouldn’t think fireworks would translate that well but with 20 television cameras stationed around Washington D.C. to capture the sights and sounds, it really feels almost like you’re there at the show.
Broderick will be performing songs from his current Broadway musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” with four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara. Other musical performers include Phillip Phillips, “American Idol” winner; Javier Colon of “The Voice” fame and renowned tenor Russell Watson.
The big finish to the night’s celebration will be a jubilant rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by The United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now an “A Capitol Fourth” tradition.
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the Quantico Marine Corps Band, members of the Armed Forces carrying the state and territorial flags and the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
The Capitol Fourth is being broadcast from 8p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on KSPS TV in Spokane.
Have a wonderful holiday!