CONCERT: A Capitol Fourth Dress Rehearsal

On July 3, gates open at 3 p.m. The dress rehearsal runs from about 7:30 to about 10 p.m. 

Want to experience the feeling of the National Mall on the Fourth of July without the usual crowds? Head to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 3 for a dress rehearsal of the next evening's annual Capitol Fourth concert. Just like the real thing, however, you'll have to allow extra time for security measures: gates open at 3 p.m. and the program begins at 8 p.m. 

This year’s “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS welcomes back host Tom Bergeron, the two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality (“Dancing With the Stars”), and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

In celebration of America’s 238th birthday, the show will be capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by The United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now an “A Capitol Fourth” tradition. Also participating in the event will be The Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial flags and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.


Hey friends!  It looks like the forecast for rain is sliding later and later (9pm at last check).  Make sure everyone does their anti-rain dance (or bring your umbrella - to guarantee it won't rain)!

... if it does rain, then amuse yourself with pictures of Grumpy Cat:

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  • Lily

    If you headed to the city for this event and are now stranded with nothing to do, send me a message and we can meet up! I'm near Georgetown.

    July 3, 2014

  • Mike G.

    Sad news friends... rehearsal was cancelled due to weather ( ). Anyone want to do something else?

    July 3, 2014

  • Boskone

    There are thunderstorms forecast for tonight. Will the show go on if it rains?

    July 3, 2014

    • Mike G.

      I'll have an umbrella and card games on hand. I assume the oboist makes the call with regard to weather. Oboe humor anyone?

      July 3, 2014

  • Lily

    Please post a comment if you're interested in hosting this event (choosing meeting locations, etc.)

    July 2, 2014

    • Mike G.

      I'm planning on being there around 4, with blanket in tow. If noone gets there sooner, I can send out a message of where I set up camp.

      1 · July 3, 2014

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