Kelly Clarkson, Renée Fleming, Montego Glover, Laura Michelle Kelly, Gavin Lee, George Lopez, Lionel Richie, Robin Roberts, and Dick Van Dyke were among the participants in America Celebrates July 4th at Ford's Theatre, which took place on Sunday, June 6.
Stage veteran and Modern Family star Ty Burrell hosted the event, which was taped for broadcast on ABC on Friday, July 2 at 9pm. First Lady Michelle Obama served as the honorary chair of the gala celebration, and she and President Obama were both in attendance.
The gala also featured appearances by cast members of the Ford's Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors, the touring company of Mary Poppins, and The Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band.
In addition, the evening included the presentation of the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal to South African human rights activists Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Justice Albie Sachs, whose accomplishments exemplify the character and lasting legacy of President Abraham Lincoln.