Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2023) – 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 www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth 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.
“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.
PBS’s “A Capitol Fourth” airs on PBS and streams on YouTube Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The broadcast will be capped off with fireworks over our nation’s iconic skyline and a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and “A Capitol Fourth” tradition.
Actor, comedian and everyone’s favorite television host Alfonso Ribeiro leads the 43rd annual edition of America’s national Independence Day celebration on PBS.
This July 4th, “A Capitol Fourth” welcomes Alfonso Ribeiro as host of the 43rd edition of America’s national Independence Day celebration on PBS.
The cast of “A Capitol Fourth” includes top stars from pop, country, R&B, classical and Broadway with the National Symphony Orchestra.
This national tradition, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, puts viewers front and center for America’s biggest birthday party with the greatest display of fireworks anywhere lighting up the iconic D.C. skyline.
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A CAPITOL FOURTH, America’s longest-running live national Independence Day TV tradition, will also feature:
The evening will also include:
A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Tuesday, July 4, 2023 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. E.T., 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 will be streaming on www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and YouTube and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2023.
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.
Also participating in the event will be the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, 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.
A CAPITOL FOURTH is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the American Hospital Association, 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.