America’s longest-running live national Independence Day TV tradition, “A CAPITOL FOURTH” – July 4 at 8 and 9:30 pm

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Live From the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with an All-Star Cast and Fireworks!

– Featuring LIVE Performances by Chicago, Boyz II Men, Belinda Carlisle, Babyface, Renée Fleming, Maddie & Tae, Charles Esten, Adrienne Warren, the Broadway cast of A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical, The Muppets of SESAME STREET and the National Symphony Orchestra –

– Plus Special Tributes to Our Service Members and America’s Nurses and a Special Message from NASA Astronauts aboard the International Space Station –


This July 4th, A CAPITOL FOURTH welcomes iconic actor and television host Alfonso Ribeiro to lead the 43rd annual edition of America’s national Independence Day celebration on PBS. Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the celebration will air on PBS and stream on and YouTube on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The top-rated, award-winning program puts viewers front and center for America’s biggest birthday party with the greatest display of fireworks in the U.S.A. lighting up our nation’s iconic skyline captured by twenty cameras positioned around the city.

compiled image that includes fireworks, the US flag and the US capital rotunda“Hosting this year’s A CAPITOL FOURTH is truly an honor,” said Ribeiro. “The 4th of July is America’s birthday and it means a lot to me to be able to celebrate along with my family at our nation’s Capitol! So many great performers have appeared over the show’s 43 years. I’m honored and excited that I get to carry on the tradition this year as your host.”

Ribeiro will lead an all-star cast in a patriotic extravaganza of all-live musical performances by top stars from pop, country, R&B, classical and Broadway featuring the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of premier pops conductor Jack Everly.

A CAPITOL FOURTH, America’s longest-running live national Independence Day TV tradition, will also feature:

  • Chicago – multi-Grammy Award-winning legendary rock and roll band;
  • Boyz II Men – Grammy Award-winning and best-selling R&B group of all time;
  • Belinda Carlisle – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder/lead vocalist of the Go-Go’s;
  • Babyface – 12-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, songwriter and producer;
  • Maddie & Tae – multi-platinum country duo and CMT Award-winner;
  • Charles Esten – artist-songwriter and star of global hit series OUTER BANKS and NASHVILLE;
  • The Broadway cast of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical featuring Will Swenson and Robyn Hurder;
  • The National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.the capital fourth Orchestra with conductor Jack Everly performing. US Capital in backgroundThe evening will also include:
  • ➢  Fun for kids of all ages with Elmo and Cookie Monster from SESAME STREET and host Alfonso Ribeiro to celebrate America’s birthday.
  • ➢  A special tribute to our men and women in uniform and their families with a musical performance dedicated to their service and sacrifice by world-renowned five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming.
  • ➢  From the International Space Station orbiting Earth, NASA astronauts Frank Rubio, Steve Bowen and Woody Hoburg will share a special Independence Day message with the nation.
  • ➢  Acclaimed actress and singer Adrienne Warren, who received a Tony Award for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the Broadway musical TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, will pay tribute to the legendary Queen of Rock n’ Roll.
  • ➢  Capping off the festivities will be a patriotic musical medley featuring The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” during the spectacular fireworks display, an annual audience favorite. The musical finale will be accompanied by live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition.

A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on WOUB Tuesday, July 4, 2023 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., and then repeated from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

This production is signatory with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA both under public television agreements, which continue in effect and uninterrupted. The production is pleased to present A CAPITOL FOURTH on PBS to once again celebrate America’s birthday as it has for over four decades.