PBS’s 39th Annual ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Hosted by John Stamos

News Release Date: 
June 20, 2019

For Immediate Release

PBS’s 39th Annual ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Hosted by John Stamos

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 20, 2019) – This July 4th, “A Capitol Fourth” continues its 39-year tradition of celebrating our nation’s independence on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building.

“A Capitol Fourth” airs Thursday, July 4 at 7 and 9 p.m. CT on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. 

Two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos returns to host the July 4th television tradition.

The family-friendly Independence Day celebration will commemorate the country’s 243rd birthday with all-star musical performances, including Grammy Award-winning music legend Carole King, electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling, singer-songwriter and actress Kaela Settle (“The Greatest Showman”), multi-platinum recording artist Vanessa Williams and many more. It will pay tribute to our men and women in uniform with a special performance by the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and Stamos.

The concert will also feature a special treat for the entire family, with Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover and Bert & Ernie from “Sesame Street” on hand to celebrate America’s birthday. The “Sesame Street” Muppets will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites and iconic songs from the groundbreaking children’s television series, currently celebrating 50 years of learning and fun.

The top-rated, award-winning program will be capped off with fireworks over the 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.

A Capital Fourth 2019 Thursday 7pm

“A Capitol Fourth” is broadcast before a concert audience in Washington, D.C., to millions more at home, as well as to U.S. troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. It will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube and at pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and will also be available as video on demand from July 4-18.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.