White House to host Hallmark Channel special on July 4
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A Fourth of July celebration at the White House is heading to the small screen, with a just-announced TV special.

This year’s July 4 festivities at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will air as part of a live TV program on Hallmark Channel, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Among those poised to perform at the fireworks-filled event, hosted by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation: country music star Sara Evans, former “American Idol” finalists Jax and Jonny Brenns and pianist Lola Astanova. The U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters and the U.S. Air Force Band’s Max Impact are also on the line-up for next week’s 90-minute special.


“I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to the annual White House July 4th celebration,” Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE said in a statement. “Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities,” the first lady added.

Ahead of the 8 p.m. TV program, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE and Melania Trump are scheduled to host a picnic on the South Lawn for military families. The commander in chief and first lady hosted a similar military appreciation event last Independence Day.

The spectacle at the White House isn’t the only fireworks show in town — PBS will mark America’s birthday with its annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration live from the West Lawn of the Capitol on the same night.

That event, which organizers say is the “longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition,” will be hosted by “Fuller House” star John Stamos and will feature performances by Jimmy Buffett and the cast of Broadway’s “Escape to Margaritaville,” The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, singer Andy Grammer, Chita Rivera and The Temptations.