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A Capitol Fourth

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All right, folks, you know the drill: take Metro, bring water and leave the giant beach chairs at home.

Capitol grounds open at 3 p.m.; musical performances begin at 8 p.m. The fireworks on the other side of the Mall go off around 9:10 p.m.

This 90-minute concert is broadcast live nationally on PBS and NPR stations.Barry Manilow opens and closes the broadcast with a medley of hits and patrioticclassics, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral ArtsSociety of Washington. Aretha Franklin, Michael Feinstein, the cast of "Jersey Boys" and Natasha Bedingfield will also perform. As a special treat for kids, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and more of the "Sesame Street" gang will be on hand.

The concert will also air on PBS at 9:30 p.m.

There will be two rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. on July 2 and July 3. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the rehearsals.