The fear of a thunderstorm did not stop the preparation and rehearsal for the great Capitol Fourth concert tonight. The light rain did not stop people from heading to the Capitol to hear Frankie Valli, Michael McDonald, and Patti LaBelle as they joined the all star cast in preparing for one of the nation’s greatest July 4th events.
The Capitol Police greeted visitors to the Capitol as people placed their lawn chairs and umbrellas on the grounds to listen to the performers practice their routines for the show tomorrow. There was light rain at 7:30 pm; however, by the time of the start of the practice at 8 pm the rain had stopped.
Frankie Valli was in great form as he rehearsed the songs that he will perform tomorrow. At 80 years of age his voice was amazingly strong and clear as he sang several of his classics. Michael McDonald also gave the audience a thrill as he sang a favorite, Sweet Freedom, and showed no signs of slowing down as he approaches his 40th year as a solo artist.
The weather forecast predicted rain and indicated that Hurricane Arthur was creating heavy rain and high winds in South Carolina through southern Virginia. However, the concert rehearsal was able to start and finish without any delay. After the last performers left the stage there was a slight burst of rain. It only rained for about 10 minutes before the streets around the Capitol cleared again.
The Capitol Fourth concert is on schedule for July 4th and the hope is that the weather will cooperate as it did during the rehearsal tonight. The Capitol Police will follow the security procedures at each checkpoint tomorrow and concert goers are reminded that no alcoholic beverages are allowed on the Capitol grounds. It is a good idea to arrive early to get the best locations to view the concert.
Happy 4th of July, America.