Capital Concerts has announced the all-star cast of the 42nd annual edition of “A CAPITOL FOURTH” on PBS, America’s longest-running live national Independence Day TV tradition. Joining country music star and four-time Grammy-nominee Mickey Guyton, who will be hosting and performing during the celebration, will be top stars from pop, country, R&B, classical and Broadway with the National Symphony Orchestra. The line-up for A CAPITOL FOURTH will feature:

  • Emmy and SAG Award-winning actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss (American Crime Story, Glee);
  • Five-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel legend Yolanda Adams;
  • Multi-platinum pop artist and songwriter Andy Grammer;
  • Grammy Award-winning music legend Gloria Gaynor;
  • Platinum-certified country music singer songwriter Jake Owen;
  • Ground-breaking five-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’;
  • Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and recording artist Emily Bear (The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical);
  • Multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and recording artist Loren Allred (The Greatest Showman); and
  • The National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

Broadway legend and one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history, Chita Rivera, will lead a 65th anniversary celebration of West Side Story featuring the National Symphony Orchestra who will perform a special musical tribute to one of Broadway’s most successful shows. The segment will feature a performance of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s iconic ballad “Somewhere” by Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee, Cynthia Erivo.

The evening will also include a special tribute to our men and women in uniform and their families by Emmy Award-winning, multiplatinum selling recording artist and published author Rachel Platten, who will perform her hit song “Stand by You.”

The concert also marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial, one of America’s most famous and majestic landmarks. It was built as a tribute to a President whose leadership united the nation in a time of crisis, and whose eloquence spoke to our aspirations and dreams of a better tomorrow. The segment will feature a stirring performance of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Yolanda Adams live from the Lincoln Memorial.

Returning live from Washington, D.C., the program puts viewers front and center for America’s biggest birthday party. The celebration will be capped off with the greatest display of fireworks in the U.S.A., lighting up our nation’s iconic skyline. Accompanied by patriotic musical favorites, the fireworks extravaganza will also feature The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” with a commemoration of its 100th anniversary.

A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Monday, July 4, 2022, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide, and it will be streaming on YouTube,, and available as Video on Demand from July 4 to July 18, 2022.

Also participating in the event will be the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery, members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags, the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C., the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music.

The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment shows including the ACADEMY AWARDS, GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.

A CAPITOL FOURTH is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.

About Capital Concerts

Capital Concerts is the nation’s leading producer of live patriotic television shows, including PBS’s highest-rated performance specials: NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT and A CAPITOL FOURTH. For over 40 years, these two award-winning productions have become national traditions, bringing us together as one family of Americans to celebrate our freedom and democratic ideals, and to pay tribute to those who defend them. The holiday specials have been honored with over 80 awards, including the New York Film Festival Award, the Golden Cine Award, and the Writer’s Guild of America Award.

By VAntage Point Contributor

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Published on Jul. 2, 2022

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  1. Debi July 5, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Missed the military bands and patriotic songs. Have been a long time viewer and was very disappointed this year. Please refocus on the history of the day and those who served to make it possible

  2. Kimberly S Albrecht July 4, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    This is a PATHETIC and DISAPPOINTING celebration of our county’s birthday. WILL NEVER watch again!!!!

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