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Celebrate the 4th of July with AETN

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From one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays to musical celebrations, we have a great selection of fabulous ways to celebrate the national spirit this Independence Day weekend!

Kick off the celebration — and the long weekend — with a special back-to-back broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth” on Friday, July 4, beginning at 7 p.m. In this star-studded annual event, hosted by Tom Bergeron, you’ll enjoy musical performances by some of the country’s best known and award-winning musicians. In concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, led by top pops conductor Jack Everly, they’ll perform top hits and classic tunes on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands and to troops around the world on the American Forces Network. 

Capping off the evening? Our favorite part! We’ll continue the annual tradition of watching what we consider the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation. With cameras stationed around D.C. capturing the pyrotechnic smorgasbord from DC’s most iconic monuments, capped off by the finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannon fire provided by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery. 

Then, on Sunday, we’re continuing a musical 4th of July weekend with back-to-back broadcasts of “Celebration at the Station” with the Kansas City Symphony under the direction of conductor Michael Stern. Honoring the men and women, past and present, who have served our country with honor and distinction, this year’s line up will feature the Texas Tenors and the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America. And, fun facts for our trivia buffs out there, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, as well as the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, and “Celebration at the Station” will celebrate both milestones in their knock-out show.


“A Capitol Fourth,” Friday, July 4, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

“Celebration at the Station,” Sunday, July 6, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.