Fantasia, Darren Criss, More Perform on PBS' A Capitol Fourth Concert July 4 | Playbill

Film & TV News Fantasia, Darren Criss, More Perform on PBS' A Capitol Fourth Concert July 4

Alfonso Ribeiro again hosts the annual concert, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Fantasia and Darren Criss

Alfonso Ribeiro hosts the 44th annual edition of A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, which airs on PBS July 4 at 8 PM ET; check local listings. America’s National Independence Day celebration will also stream on YouTube and

The lineup includes The Color Purple stage and screen star Fantasia; Emmy winner Darren Criss, who is headed back to Broadway later this season in Maybe Happy Ending; Grammy winner Smokey Robinson; Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sheila E.; neo-soul pop band Fitz & Noelle from Fitz and The Tantrums; composer and producer Chloe Flower; Grammy-nominated disco sensations Sister Sledge, now featuring Sledgendary; recording artist Loren Allred; dancer and choreographer Britt Stewart; and Olympic Gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson East.

Performers are backed by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of pops conductor Jack Everly.

Attendees and reviewers can expect a celebration of Motown's 65th anniversary, led by Robinson; a Tribute to Team USA, hosted by East, that celebrates the athletes competing in the summer Olympic Games in Paris; and a Salute to American Heroes Past and Present, honoring the service of Americans from 1776 to today, including an appearance by an original "Rosie the Riveter," Mae Krier.

Also participating in the event are the 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.

“I can’t wait to celebrate America’s birthday on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol,” said returning host Ribeiro in an earlier statement. “I’m incredibly excited and honored to be your host of A Capitol Fourth once again. It is going to be a great 4th of July party, and we’re going to get everyone in our nation’s capital and all those watching at home on their feet dancing!”

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