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A 'Capital Fourth' to light up the lawn with muppets and a parade of performers

Song along with the stars of The Muppets as they perform the "Rainbow Connection" at "A Capitol Fourth."
Song along with the stars of The Muppets as they perform the "Rainbow Connection" at "A Capitol Fourth."
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Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will join Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) on the West lawn of the capital this Independence Day for "A Capital Fourth." The annual all ages event is a grand celebration of the nation's birthday filled with family-friendly entertainment capped off by an extravagant fireworks display that will be recorded for broadcast on PBS for its 34th run.

"I love Washington D.C. Not only was it built on a swamp, but this is where I got my start in show business – on a local TV show in 1955," said Kermit the Frog. "Being in D.C. is like coming home!"

"Moi is thrilled to be part of this glorious patriotic celebration," adds Miss Piggy, who insists she's ready for all the pomp and pageantry. "Let's face it, wherever I go there's usually fireworks."

Ahead of the Aug. 12 DVD release of "Muppets Most Wanted," Kermit and Miss Piggy will perform "Rainbow Connection" with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly.

As the nation celebrates its independence, the star muppets won't be the only famous faces joining in the festivities. The program consists of a parade of stars with performances by Patti Labelle, Franke Valli, Michael McDonald, Jordan Sparks, Phillip Phillips, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara. There will also be a 200th Anniversary Tribute of the National Anthem.

A "Capitol Fourth" airs on PBS Friday, July 4, 2014 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live over NPR member stations nationwide. Check your local listings for air times.

The event is free and open to the public.