Fourth of July Concert on PBS
On July 4th, 2008, A Capitol Fourth Celebrates Independence Day in Washington, D.C. with Spectacular Fireworks over the Washington Monument
A Capitol Fourth in High Definition
Live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Friday, July 4th, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm ET
Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning film, theater and television actor Jimmy Smits hosts the 28th annual broadcast of Americas biggest and best-loved 4th of July concert on PBS, featuring unrivaled musical performances from some of the countrys best known and award-winning artists, as well as a spectacular fireworks display on the National Mall over the Washington Monument. Grammy winners Huey Lewis and the News, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, rock n roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, classical superstar Hayley Westenra and soprano Harolyn Blackwell will perform a selection of patriotic and celebratory music with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Olympic Gold Medal winner Scott Hamilton will lead a tribute to Team USA members competing in Bejing including, Bob Malaythong Badminton, Tim Morehouse Fencing, Nancy Rios Sailing, Dominic Grazioli Shooting, Eli Bremer Modern Pentathlon, Kendrick Farris Weightlifting, Jake Deitchler Wrestling, Jessica Long USA Paralympics, Swimming. The July 4th concert finale includes Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" an audience favorite and now A Capitol Fourth tradition featuring the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery. The Choral Arts Society of Washington, under the direction of Norman Scribner, returns to the show. The Joint Armed Forces Color Guard of the Military District of Washington will also be featured on this as well as the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.