Kermit the Frog will be one of many celebrities joining this year’s 4th of July celebration on PBS. A Capitol Fourth will feature Kermit and many others who are joining host Vanessa Williams with tributes and performances from around the country on Sunday night celebrating the 245th birthday of the nation.
“I am so honored to be hosting A Capitol Fourth this year,” said host Vanessa Williams, “I first performed on this national July 4th TV tradition in 2005, and it has always held a special place in my heart.”
Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson will be singing My Country Tis of Thee during the program and a patriotic message will be broadcast from NASA astronauts on the International Space Station wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. The astronauts are Robert Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, and Mark T. Vande Hei. Jimmy Buffett will also debut a new version of This Land is Your Land on the program. Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho will also be making an appearance.
“A Capitol Fourth will bring us together showcasing themes of love, hope, unity and patriotism from around our great nation,” shares Executive Producer Michael Colbert. “We are thrilled to debut Jimmy Buffett’s stirring new rendition of ‘This Land is Your Land’ during America’s Independence Day celebration on PBS.”
The program will include a host of talented performers and groups. This includes:
- Vanessa Williams
- Jimmy Buffett
- Gladys Knight
- Alan Jackson
- Cynthia Erivo
- Kermit the Frog
- Renee Fleming
- Jennifer Nettles
- Mickey Guyton
- Jimmie Allen
- Auli’i Cravalho
- Christopher Jackson
- Laura Osnes
- Ali Stroker
- Jack Everly
- The National Symphony Orchestra
- The Military District of Washington (MDW)
- The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
- The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
- The Join Armed Forces Chorus
A Capitol Fourth on PBS will air on the 4th of July at 8:00 PM ET/PT and 7:00 CT. Most stations will air it again at 9:30 PM ET/PT and 8:30 CT.
What do you think of this year’s A Capitol Fourth lineup? Are you excited to see Kermit the Frog in it? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!