John Williams

Fireworks burst in air behind the Capitol and Washington Monument as thousands enjoyed Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands Celebrate Fourth Of July On National Mall

Visitors enjoyed music performances from Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks and John Williams before the fireworks display under a clear sky.

07/04/2014

Spectators line the National Mall from the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial to view the Fourth of July Independence Day fireworks display in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: SHAWN THEW/AFP/Getty Images)

New Version of National Anthem to Debut at D.C.’s July 4th Celebration

American composer and conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation’s birthday.

07/03/2014

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