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You can enjoy July 4 safely with great music and spectacular fireworks, all from the comfort of home. Here’s a list of virtual events for the family.

Staying home for the Fourth of July doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the celebrations taking place all across the nation and “from sea to shining sea.” Here are some virtual ways to say “Happy, Birthday, America!”, without leaving the house.

A Star-Studded Concert

The Capitol Fourth concert may not take place on the Capitol grounds this year, but the 40thannual celebration will go on with an eye-popping array of stars and a stunning fireworks display. “Full House” star John Stamos, and singer and actress Vanessa Williams, are the hosts of the top-rated extravaganza filmed at historically significant locations across the country.

 

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With performances by Patti LaBelle, Renée Fleming, Trace Adkins, John Fogerty, Yolanda Adams, and members of the National Symphony Orchestra, among others, it should be a 4th to remember. The special will have coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington, D.C., to ensure viewers are front and center for the spectacular fireworks display. The concert will be shown on PBS and streamed online at 8 p.m., followed by the D.C. fireworks.

We the People Concert and Tribute at Washington National Cathedral

This year Washington National Cathedral’s annual concert will feature opera singer Denyce Graves, gospel singer Michael W. Smith, and the U.S. Marine Orchestra. The event will include a tribute to veterans and to America’s first responder heroes, health care workers, and all who are rising to meet the challenge of COVID-19 across the nation. Free tickets must be claimed by the end of the day on July 2, and a link will be sent before the July 4 event begins at 11 a.m.

A Historical Band

For the first time in its 50 year history, Wolf Trap has canceled its summer season due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the fun is not over! The park has turned to online events, and the first “Park Pop-Up” on July 4 will feature a quartet from the U.S. Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, which was established in 1798 to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The band will be performing modern and classic pop, rock, and country hits by artists Tina Turner, Rodney Atkins, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, and Lee Greenwood.

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Take an Inspiring Virtual Tour of the U.S.

Institutions across the country have opened their doors for free online tours of their exhibits, so you can celebrate the birth of our country by exploring its history with virtual visits to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Statue of Liberty, and the first capital of the United States, the place where the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Articles of Confederation. Philadelphia’s online tour includes video, narration, and 360-degree photos.