Military Members: Join Blue Star Families for a Capitol Concert

Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve members can volunteer to be a part of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth, America’s National Independence Day Celebration. Volunteer service members will represent all men and women in the armed forces as special guests.

Registering enters you for an opportunity to attend this year’s concerts. Due to popular demand, attendees will be randomly selected. Seating is limited so please sign up early. Selected attendees will be notified by email with further event details.

Volunteers who are currently serving are requested to attend in uniform. Confirmed registrants will receive further communication by email with event details and instructions.

National Memorial Day Concert – May 27

On Sunday, May 27th, the National Memorial Day Concert brings us together as one family of Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, military families, veterans and all those who have given their lives for our country. Hosts Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders) will be joined by General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.); recent Academy Award winner Allison Janney; star of Chicago Med Brian Tee; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG-nominated actor John Corbett; Academy Award-winning actor Graham Greene; Tony-nominated actress  Mary McCormack; actor and country singer Charles Esten; Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo; three time Grammy-award nominee singer/songwriter Leona Lewis; Broadway and TV’s Megan Hilty; acclaimed tenor and Broadway star Alfie Boe; and Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, all in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, with participation by The Joint Chiefs of Staff in the “Salute to the Services.”

A Capitol Fourth – July 4 

A Capitol Fourth welcomes back Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (Fuller House, Scream Queens) to host America’s Biggest Birthday Party and the greatest display of fireworks in the nation on July 4th with an all-star cast (to be announced).

These annual concerts are broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and are seen around the world on American Forces Network.

If you can’t join us for the National Memorial Day Concert in person, please tune in to PBS Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (check local listings).  The concert will also be live-streamed online on Facebook Live and and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, May 27 to June 11, 2018.

A Capitol Fourth will be broadcast on PBS on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (check local listings). It will also be live-streamed online on Facebook Live and and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 19, 2018.