The Beach Boys will be honored today (July 4th) during PBS' A Capitol Fourth broadcast. The band, which features co-founder Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, will not only perform at the 38th annual telecast, but are set to be saluted for their "extraordinary musical career as the fifth-ever recipients of A Capitol Fourth’s National Artistic Achievement Award." The Beach Boys famously first performed at the National Mall on July 4th, 1980.

According to the press release for the event, "A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS Wednesday, July 4th from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide and will be live-streamed on, YouTube and Facebook."

Mike Love told us that obviously as "America's Band," July 4th has always been a major show date for the group -- but one year stands out in particular: "As far as Beach Boys live, I mean, when we did July 4th in 1985 in Philadelphia and D.C. and had -- the paper said 900,000 people showed up in Philadelphia and close to that in D.C., y'know, we played for over a million-and-a-half people in person in one day. So that has to be outlandishly great, y'know? That's unbelievably phenomenal, so that's hard to top, I think."