‘This Land is Your Land:’ Kermit the Frog w/ Miss Piggy

A Capitol Fourth 2014 Independence Day Concert Rehearsals

While most members of Congress headed home last week, a few remained behind for a Washington tradition: the annual “A Capitol Fourth” concert, broadcast live on PBS.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Rep. Henry Waxman, California Democrat, were spotted in the front row on the Capitol lawn to hear music legends Frankie Valli and Patti LaBelle.

Everything was going smoothly –, even the weather was cooperating -, until LaBelle hit a snag: “Oh, Jesus, I almost slipped,” she said, readjusting herself, but managing to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to a standing ovation.

Valli sang classics from his time in the Four Seasons, whose story is being told on the big screen this summer in “Jersey Boys,” directed by Hollywood’s political rebel, Clint Eastwood.

The concert wouldn’t be the same without its fair share of patriotic standards, which were provided by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, who performed a duet on “This Land is Your Land.”

Composer John Williams conducted the National Symphony Orchestra on a rousing rendition of ”The Star Spangled Banner, ” which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

Many in the audience were wounded warriors, whom Jordin Sparks serenaded with “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

President Barack Obama spent his Fourth of July at a naturalization ceremony for military members at The White House.

“Now, this is one of my favorite events to do — and not just because we get to have a barbeque and watch fireworks later,” he said. ” It’s because each of you has traveled a long journey to this moment. And yet somehow — either because your parents brought you here as children, or because you made the choice yourselves as adults — you ended up here, in America.”

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