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A Capital Fourth brings music, fireworks and a couple hundred thousand fellow Americans to the National Mall Monday.
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A Capital Fourth brings music, fireworks and a couple hundred thousand fellow Americans to the National Mall Monday.

(July 4) A Capitol Fourth

Eyes across the nation turn to the National Mall on television Monday for A Capitol Fourth and if you like the idea of hanging out with a hundred thousand of your friends you can experience the concert in person on the West Lawn. Highlights include the National Symphony Orchestra, Little Richard, and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers who debut a song about Paul Revere's midnight ride from the perspective of his horse.

(July 4) A Choral Fourth

For more patriotic songs and probably less of Paul Revere's horse the Buffalo Choral Arts Society and the LA Children’s Choir take to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Monday evening. The two choirs perform popular songs and classical works.

(July 4-7) Where ya been, Boo?

If you're interested in learning more about an American classic, there's "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird", screening at Northwest Washington's West End Cinema through Thursday. The documentary explores the influence of Lee's novel and the mystery surrounding her decision to never publish again.

Music: "The Great Remember (for Nancy)" by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers


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