Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Capitol 4th - Dress Rehearsal

Last night we took the Metro into D.C. to see the dress rehearsal for A Capitol Fourth on the grounds of the Capitol building.  We had free VIP seating because my BFF works part time for the event planning group.  It was hotter than . . . well, as hot as it's been since I've been here.  They had water stations set up but the water was hot enough to brew tea.  Luckily they sent around a bag of ice about an hour later.

This event is supposed to be televised live tonight on PBS . . . however, we were evacuated due to an approaching storm not quite an hour into the show.  Rather than wait it out in the designated garage they were sending us to, we briskly walked to the Metro station dodging raindrops and lightning.  They are predicting more thunder storms today and tonight . . . sunny and hot right now.

We had to get there early (around 6) because the VIP seating area was first come first serve. The show wasn't supposed to begin until 7:45 and didn't really start until 8 . . . we had all melted at that point . . . oh, this heat ! ! !
Tom Bergeron is the emcee and we got to see several performers including Megan Hilty, Kool & the Gang, John Williams,  Josh Turner singing the National Anthem, Apollo Ono introducing some of the US Olympic Team, Russell Watson, Kelli O'Hara (who was supposed to be singing with Matthew Broderick but there was a stand in for him), and Javier Colon.

The camera didn't focus very well as the evening wore on.  I don't know if it was the heat or what . . . it felt very hot to the touch.

It was fun even if we did miss seeing Phillip Phillips and several other people.

  Hope we get to see it tonight in it's entirety!



  1. Chelsea CashwellJuly 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Hey! I read your post and decided to go this year. Is there any possible way to get VIP seating now. It would be the wish of a lifetime!

    1. I'm so sorry, my friend is no longer working for the event planning group. I would think any seating would be good. There was a big screen projecting the action live that you could see from just about anywhere. Hope you get to go!