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story.lead_photo.caption A Capitol Fourth - Annual celebration airs Thursday on AETN

PBS continues its 39-year tradition of celebrating America's independence on A Capitol Fourth, airing from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Actor John Stamos (Fuller House) returns to host the show, which commemorates our country's 243 birthday.

This year's performers include Carole King with the Broadway cast of the award-winning musical Beautiful, electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling, actress and recording artist Vanessa Williams, singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat with her new band Gone West, gospel vocalist Yolanda Adams, 2019 American Idol winner Laine Hardy, singer Angelica Hale (America's Got Talent) and this year's winner of The Voice, Maelyn Jarmon, who will perform the national anthem with the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jack Everly.

Also along for the ride are muppets Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover, and Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street. They'll perform a medley of patriotic favorites and iconic songs from the children's television series.

Stamos will perform a special military tribute with the MusicCorps Wounded Warrior Band. Also participating are the Armed Forces Color Guard, the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and Patrick Lundy & the Ministers of Music.

The program will be capped off with fireworks and a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with a live cannon provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery.

Actor John Stamos returns to host this year’s A Capitol Fourth on AETN.

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