In case watching fireworks locally isn’t enough for you, A Capitol Fourth lets you enjoy a fantastic show from the seat of our democracy, in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with a side of music from Carole King, Sesame Street Muppets, Colbie Caillat, and more. Meet the performers here – and while you eagerly wait for the extravaganza, test your knowledge of fireworks with our quiz on the names of different styles of pyrotechnics.
Carole King and the Broadway cast of Beautiful
The extraordinary Carole King, a winner of multiple Grammys as well as the vaunted Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, is joined by members of the cast of a musical about her life, including the star-in-her-own-right Vanessa Carlton.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, and the Muppets have been traveling around the country to celebrate. Their stop at A Capitol Fourth will feature a medley of their own songs as well as patriotic songs, and is sure to be a highlight.
Colbie Caillat and Gone West
Caillat became a sensation on her own terms through Myspace with her songs “Bubbly” and “Realize,” and now she has a new country group, Gone West, that consists of her, her fiancé Justin Kawika Young, and the husband-and-wife team of Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy.
She’s one of the most prominent performers in gospel music, having won five Grammys and been called the “First Lady of Modern Gospel.”
They’ve been around for more than 60 years, are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and had what many consider to be the first hit disco song, “Love Train.”
Stirling is an electric violinist who turns in elaborate performances and videos on her YouTube channel, which rocketed her to fame.
Settle is a Broadway actress who garnered wide recognition for her role in the film The Greatest Showman, about P. T. Barnum, in which she sang the award-winning “This Is Me.”
Osnes is another Broadway actress who has starred in Grease, South Pacific, Bonnie and Clyde, Cinderella, and more.
After gaining the public eye as winner of the Miss America competition, Williams expanded her career to music (her biggest hit is “Save the Best for Last”), theatre, film (she was in Soul Food), and TV (Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives).
The country singer has had his own hits like “Love Like Crazy” and has also written songs for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and the Eli Young Band, among others.
Hardy’s career is just beginning: he won the seventeenth season of American Idol this year, so expect more from him in the coming years.
Like Hardy, Hale is at the very start of her career and has found success through a reality television competition, America’s Got Talent. Unlike Hardy, Hale is 11 years old.
Maelyn Jarmon with Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra
Jarmon is another reality TV-made star, having won The Voice just a couple of months ago. She will sing the National Anthem with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.
MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and John Stamos
John Stamos is hosting A Capitol Fourth but will also perform, when he joins the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band in a tribute to the United States’ men and women in uniform. MusiCorps is a music rehabilitation program that helps injured service members in their recovery.