Blues Brothers, Four Tops prep for ‘A Capitol Fourth’

November 29, 2021 | Stars rehearse ahead of Tuesday night's 'A Capitol Fourth' (Neal Augenstein, WTOP)

WASHINGTON — Performers rehearsed on Monday for “A Capitol Fourth,” the annual July 4 performance that has previously brought celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Barry Manilow to D.C.

The public is invited to attend the full dress rehearsal Monday evening. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Actor John Stamos hosts the show this year. Some of 2017’s stars include The Beach Boys, Kellie Pickler, Yolanda Adams and the National Symphony Orchestra with a guest appearance from C-3PO and R2-D2.

The live concert will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday night and is free and open to the public. For those who can’t attend, the concert will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

Details about the concert can be found here.

Find information about road closures and security access points here.

What concertgoers can bring: food and water, lawn/beach chairs that sit low to the ground, and umbrellas smaller than 36 inches in diameter are allowed.

Prohibited items:

  • alcoholic beverages
  • glass bottles
  • animals
  • bikes
  • firearms or ammunition
  • explosives or fireworks
  • knives, blades or sharp objects
  • laser pointers
  • signs or posters
  • mace, pepper spray
  • sticks, poles
  • electric stun guns
  • martial arts weapons or devices
  • umbrellas larger than 36 inches in diameter (smaller umbrellas are permitted)
  • pocket or hand tools
  • sealed packages, large boxes, duffel bags, suitcases
  • drones, model rockets, remote-controlled or manually-controlled model gliders, model airplanes, model boats or model cars or other unmanned ground or aircraft systems
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined a number of local organizations in the Independence Day at Palisades Parade.

Red Truck Lemonade was one of many companies and organizations that participated in the Independence Day at Palisades Parade.

Cars and trucks in the parade were covered in Fourth of July decorations.

Fraternidad Diablada Boliviana — a Bolivian dance organization — took part in the parade.

D.C. full-service music store Middle C Music performed in the parade.

As celebrations got underway elsewhere in the District, people poured onto the National Mall in anticipation of the main event — fireworks on the Mall.

Brycen Gulick brought 80 chairs he and his dad set up for their friends and family who are coming in mostly from Kansas to watch the show.

Free ice cream was given out on the National Mall for visitors.

Food trucks lined the National Mall as part of the holiday festivities.

Fireworks on the National Mall are set to start at 9:09 p.m.

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Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.


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