A Capitol Fourth (2012)


Goes for the Gold With An Inspiring Olympic Tribute to Team USA!

Ch. 5.1 – Wednesday, July 4 at 7:00 pm and again at 8:30 pm

America’s Biggest Birthday Party Celebrates our Athletes with a Patriotic Send Off to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Hosted by Apolo Anton Ohno & Featuring Legendary Composer / Conductor John Williams, as well as members of Team USA!

It’s a star spangled party.” — The New York Times

Celebrate America’s birthday with A CAPITOL FOURTH, the country’s favorite Independence Day tradition.  The multi award-winning event airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, on National Public Radio and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.

This year, Emmy Award-winner Tom Bergeron (DANCING WITH THE STARS host), takes the helm as the new host of the star-spangled affair, which features an inspiring Olympic tribute to Team USA, honoring present and past athletes of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, with Eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno and featuring five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams conducting his “Olympic Fanfare and Theme.”

The program and also features: AMERICAN IDOL winner Phillip Phillips;  two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick performing songs from the hit Broadway musical NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT with four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara;  acclaimed Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (SMASH / Wicked);  singer-songwriter Javier Colon (winner of THE VOICE); country music star Josh Turner;  R&B superstars Kool & The Gang; a ctress and singer Amber Riley (GLEE);  and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

Acclaimed British tenor Russell Watson will perform “Because We Believe” (written and performed by Andrea Bocelli for the closing ceremony of the 2006 Olympic games in Turin, Italy) in celebration of the Olympic spirit and to welcome the athletes to his native England.

With the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, more than a dozen competing Olympians will be cheered on by a crowd of hundreds of thousands, including:

Khatuna Lorig – Archery (and most recently credited as Jennifer Lawrence’s teacher for the recurve bow for HUNGER GAMES);

Jennifer Gillom – Basketball (Olympic Gold medal winner and assistant coach to the US Women’s Team);

Sarah Robles – Weightlifting (and top ranked U.S. women’s weightlifter in ALL weight classes and top U.S. finisher in men and women in 2011 World Championships);

Daryl Homer – Fencing (ranked #1 in the U.S.);

Rachel Dawson – Women’s Field Hockey (Captain of the U.S. team);

Bobby Lea – Cycling (competing in his second Olympics);

Marti Malloy – Judo (Gold winner in the USO Judo National Championships);

Arielle Martin – BMX Cycling (and whose husband is currently serving in the Army);

Amanda Clark – Sailing (competing in her second Olympics);

David Wagner and Nick Taylor Wheelchair Tennis (doubles partners who won gold medals at the 2004 Summer Paralympics and the 2008 games);

Corey Cogdell – Shooting (Bronze medal winner); and

Suzanne Stettinius – Modern Pentathlon (and whose father is a retired Navy Captain).

Enjoy A CAPITOL FOURTH & Have a Very Safe and Happy 4th of July!

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