Alan Jackson is the latest country singer to sign-on to perform at this year’s PBS Fourth of July Special.
The show, A Capitol Fourth, is a concert that will honor our nation’s servicemen and women and their families for their dedication to service. PBS Executive Producer Michael Colbert told Pop Culture that their dedication “exemplifies the American ideals we celebrate on the Fourth of July.”
“As families and friends reunite and the country begins to open up this Fourth of July, we plan to bring you an exciting program with the greatest fireworks display in the nation, performances by the biggest stars and patriotic favorites,” Colbert told the website. “Make A Capitol Fourth your Independence Day celebration. We have something for everyone’s party.”
The concert will also include several other country music acts including Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, and Jennifer Nettles.
Jackson is scheduled to perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Nettles will perform at the famed Town Hall in NYC’s Times Square with the Broadway Inspirational Voices. Meanwhile, a press release says Allen and Guyton will perform in Washington, D.C.
Gladys Knight will make an appearance at the event as well. She recently performed alongside Guyton at the CMT Music Awards this month.
Other acts such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Jimmy Buffett, and Cynthia Erivo are also slated to perform.
Alan Jackson and His “Coolest” Fourth of July Memory
Jackson has performed at several Fourth of July events over his career. Last year, the country star told Pop Culture that his coolest memory from the holiday actually occurred off stage.
One Fourth of July, Jackson and his family took a boat from Florida to New York City. They also got to enjoy a fireworks show from the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty.
“”That was the coolest thing and my girls still talk about that,” Jackson told the website. “I mean, that was the coolest thing on Fourth of July I can ever remember. I can’t top that one probably. It was emotional sitting there watching the Statue of Liberty and thinking about all that. It was very cool.”
This year’s concert will be special as it celebrates the U.S. Olympic Team ahead of their departure for Tokyo. The National Symphony Orchestra will perform John Williams’ composition “Olympic Fanfare” in tribute to Team USA. This fanfare will celebrate both the Olympic and Paralympic teams.
Actress and singer Vanessa Williams will host the event.
“I am so honored to be hosting A Capitol Fourth this year,” Williams told Pop Culture in a statement. “I first performed on this national July 4th TV tradition in 2005, and it has always held a special place in my heart.”