A Capitol Fourth Turns 30!Live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. CapitolJuly 4, 2010, America’s national Independence Day celebration marked 30 spectacular years on air featuring the most dazzling display of fireworks anywhere in the nation, captured by 18 TV cameras stationed around Washington, D.C.
The 30th anniversary broadcast was hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits
, with unrivaled performances from some of the country’s biggest musical names – including multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning country music superstar Reba McEntire
, legendary R & B artist Gladys Knight
, country music sensationDarius Rucker
(Hootie & the Blowfish), singer David Archuleta
(American Idol), and actor and singer John Schneider
, as well as world-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang
with theNational Symphony Orchestra
under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly
and the Choral Arts Society of Washington
, under the direction of Norman Scribner.