A Capitol Fourth, 2020

A Capitol Fourth, 2020

Sat, 07/04/2020 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Photo: Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol

Credit: Courtesy of Leonid Andronov/Alamy Stock Photo

Co-hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams, this special kicks off the country’s 244th birthday! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live concert will not be held at the U.S. Capitol; instead performances were pre-taped without a live audience

A Capitol Fourth, airing Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 8 p.m. and encores at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, will feature new performances from iconic locations across the country, including Washington, D.C, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, as well as highlights from the concert’s forty-year history and the stirring patriotic favorites viewers enjoy on the Fourth of July. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live A Capitol Fourth will not be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; instead, to ensure the health and safety of all involved, this year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience, as was the case with the recent broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert

This special 90-minute presentation of A Capitol Fourth, available on television, radio and digital media, will also feature a tribute to our nation’s workers on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic, a segment honoring the contributions of African American heroes from our nation’s past and present, and a salute to our wounded warriors and their families.  The fireworks display over our nation’s iconic skyline will be covered live during the broadcast captured by multiple cameras stationed around the city.

The 40th anniversary edition of A Capitol Fourth will feature performances by: Grammy Award-winning legend Patti LaBelle; Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty; world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar RenĂ©e Fleming; legendary Motown stars The Temptations celebrating their 60th  anniversary; country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; multi-platinum singer/songwriter Andy Grammer; five-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel vocalist extraordinaire Yolanda Adams; hard-rocking multi-platinum country music singer/songwriter Brantley Gilbert; platinum-selling country music star Lauren Alaina; Tony Award-winning Broadway star Brian Stokes-Mitchell; Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and Broadway and television star Mandy Gonzalez (HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS); with members of the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  To mark the program’s 40th anniversary, the broadcast will also feature highlights of iconic performances from previous concerts.

The program will also include a special tribute by John Stamos to our first responders, the doctors, nurses and paramedics,  grocery store workers and truck drivers, scientists and mail carriers, new American heroes putting their lives at risk now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.  “These workers are committed to keeping us safe, keeping us fed, healing the sick and keeping the country going during this pandemic,” commented Stamos.  “It’s important for all of us to take a moment in our show to thank them and honor them for their spirit and courage.”  The segment honoring them will include a musical performance of the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Standing with You” by SAG Award-winning and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Chrissy Metz.