Barry Manilow returns to A Capitol Fourth stage

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Thousands gather for the 2012 A Capitol Fourth celebration on the Mall. (Photo: A Capitol Fourth) Thousands gather for the 2012 A Capitol Fourth celebration on the Mall. (Photo: A Capitol Fourth)

Big bands, big ballads and big booms will blare from the National Mall once again this Independence Day.

Barry Manilow returns as the headliner for A Capitol Fourth, the annual Fourth of July celebration on the Capitol’s west front lawn. The legendary crooner made the whole Mall sing four years ago when he took center stage at the 2009 concert. Emmy Award-winner Tom Bergeron, host of “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” will emcee the show.

PBS will broadcast the concert, including the fireworks extravaganza, live July 4 at 8:30 p.m. Manilow tells TV Guide he will close his performance singing “Let Freedom Ring.”

As always, the grand finale of A Capitol Forth will end with a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannon fire.

The National Symphony Orchestra and other military bands will also perform, but the full roster of entertainers has yet to be announced.

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