John Stamos Returns as Host of ‘A Capitol Fourth’ on PBS

John Stamos
John Stamos via PBS

Former “General Hospital” and “Full House” actor John Stamos is returning as host of “A Capitol Fourth,” the annual Fourth of July celebration aired on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year marks the 242nd birthday of America’s Independence Day.

Scheduled to perform during the live broadcast include an all-star musical lineup: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol as they launch a national tour; ‘America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; country music star and “American Idol” alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; and internationally acclaimed Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly (additional performers to be announced).

“You can’t get more patriotic than this!” said Stamos. “I’m excited to carry on this July 4th TV tradition for the American people and especially proud to honor our veterans. You don’t want to miss it!”

As America comes together as one family to celebrate freedom and independence, the concert will pay special tribute to the men and women in uniform by world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming, who will perform “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to honor them. The inspiring moment will be dedicated to the troops serving around the world, their families, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for America’s freedom. The concert will also feature a special tribute to The Beach Boys who will be honored for their extraordinary musical career as the fifth-ever recipients of “A Capitol Fourth’s” National Artistic Achievement Award. Past honorees include Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Reba McEntire and John Williams. Stamos, a longtime Beach Boys friend and frequent collaborator, will present the prestigious award to the group.

The 38th annual broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth” airs Wednesday, July 4 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET on PBS.