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Saturday, June 28, 2008

PBS Presents: A Capitol Fourth

PBS stations around the country will carry A Capital Fourth Celebrates Independence Day, live from Washington, DC, on Friday, July 4th! The West Lawn of the US Capitol will be the site of the concert and a fireworks display will follow on the National Mall over the Washington Monument! The concert will be shown live in HD on PBS from 8:00 to 9:30 EDST.

The 28th annual broadcast will be hosted by Jimmy Smits. Featured artists include Huey Lewis and the News, Taylor Hicks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Hayley Westenra and Harolyn Blackwell. These artists will perform a selection of patriotic and celebratory music with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Erich Kunzel.

The July 4th concert finale includes Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and will feature the US Army Herald Trumpets and live cannon fire provided the US Army Presidential Salute Battery. The Joint Armed Forces Color Guard of the Military District of Washington and the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps will also be featured.

While a number of members of the Soul Patrol that make up the Traveling Circus will be attending this spectacular even, I will be safely tucked at home quietly celebrating glued to my television set as I watch the show from my local PBS station, WKNO, Channel 10. If you can't make the trip to Washington for this event, I hope like me, you will be able to view the event from your local PBS station.

Whether there in person or spirit, I wish each of you a safe and happy Fourth of July! Let us celebrate and remember the sacrifices of our forefathers as well as our current military for the freedoms we cherish and often take for granted.


KarinP said...

This sounds like it is going to be quite a spectacular event to watch. I am especially pleased because it appears that it is available for me to watch in Canada!

Happy 4th of July to my American neighbours! Safe travels to those who will be making the trip to Washington.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Ragsqueen, for reminding us that we have much to celebrate this Fourth of July! I will also be enjoying the festivities on my PBS station.

Karin, I'm so glad you can watch from Canada!

Happy Fourth to everyone! Remember to fly the flag!


Anonymous said...

What I like about the line-up slated to perform is the diversity of musical genres..........there is something there for everyone !!!!

I always get "goosebumps" when classical music is played.

Happy 4th of July to all.


Anonymous said...

Cheers to all TAYLOR fans for the 4th of July.
The Traveling Circus is the best. Have fun!
Whether you are actually in Washington or
at home like me on the anniversary
of our Nation’s birth. Let FREEDOM RING!


Anonymous said...

Great Blog Entry, Rags! I am so looking forward to this and to supporting our boys over there, keeping our freedom to be able to enjoy programs like these.


Anonymous said...

What a GREAT birthday present this is going to be. I get to watch Taylor while he performs on MY birthday. :) I'm looking forward to also hearing the US Army Trumpet band. Especially since my daughter is a trumpet player at school.

WooHoo!!!! HAPPY 4th of JULY to ME

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