Celebrate with fireworks quietly, on television

Celebrate America’s 243rd birthday with “A Capitol Fourth,” an Independence Day celebration for the entire family. “A Capitol Fourth”—America’s longest-running July 4 national broadcast — will air live July 4 on WGCU, Southwest Florida’s source for NPR and PBS.

Uncle Jesse of “Full House” (John Stamos) will return as the host. And, the celebration will have all-star musical performances featuring Carole King with the Broadway cast of “Beautiful,” starring Vanessa Carlton; “Gone West” featuring Colbie Callait, Keala Settle, Vanessa Williams, Lee Brice and Yolanda Adams; the National Symphony Orchestra; and many more.

Reminisce with a special performance from the “Sesame Street” Muppets. They will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites and iconic songs from the children’s television series in honor of their 50th anniversary.

 Then, enjoy the tribute to the men and women in uniform with a commemorative performance by the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and John Stamos.

The night will conclude with fireworks over the nation’s skyline and a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, “A Capitol Fourth” tradition.