A Capitol Fourth is an annual special which airs live on from the West Lawn of the US Capitol, leading up to the finale fireworks show in
Elmo with Vanessa Williams
In the special, was one of the headline guests. He arrived onstage riding a tricycle, and singing "". He then sang "" with after establishing that he couldn't greet everyone at the event individually. He invited a group of children onstage for a with on saxophone. Finally, he sang "" to with the orchestra.
The special, which was hosted by , also featured performances by , Jo Dee Messina, and .
In the special, Elmo, , , , , and appeared to not only celebrate the nation's 233rd birthday, but also . The group was introduced by .
Conductor Erich Kunzel invited Big Bird to lead the in a short rendition of "", after which the bird sang "" to the crowd. The entire group then performed a medley of Sesame Street songs: Elmo sang "", Oscar sang "", Abby Cadabby sang "", and Cookie Monster sang "", leading up to Rosita's bilingual performance of "" together with singer Natasha Bedingfield. While the cast of Muppets (sans Big Bird) sang back-up on each character's individual song, the entire group joined in on Bedingfield's rendition of "". Big Bird finished the medley off by leading the group to "".
Due to high chances of rain on July 4, the show's producers wanted a clean take at the dress rehearsal on July 3, and the show was performed twice.
The special, which was hosted by , also featured performances by , , the cast of the musical Jersey Boys, and pianists Michael Feinstein and Andrew von Oeyen.
President Obama Sesame Street Fourth of July
President Obama introduces Sesame Street
A Capitol Fourth - Jimmy Smits & Elmo (2009)
Promo featuring host Jimmy Smits and Elmo
A Capitol Fourth - Natasha Bedingfield (2009-07-03)
Excerpt from the dress rehearsal with Bedingfield
and appeared during the special, performing "." Piggy ended the number with a costume change as . She made a crash landing, however, leaving Kermit to fill time with an abridged version of "" with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Later, appeared, giving host some comedic lines during his introduction for Kendall Schmidt. appeared with Bergeron at the program's end.
The special also featured performances by , Frankie Valli, and a new arrangement of "" composed by .