U-S-A! U-S-A! Independence Day, held on July 4th, honors the birth of the United States as a country in 1776, making it among the most monumental federal holidays and celebrations in the U.S. While amazing celebrations occur nationwide, celebrating in Washington, D.C.—the nation’s capital—among the history and monuments is hard to beat! (D.C. even ranked one of the top 10 best places to watch Fourth of July fireworks in 2023!) With concerts, parades, and fireworks displays, D.C. truly is the epicenter of it all. As you plan out your fantastic Fourth of July celebrating America’s 247th birthday, here are 10 spectacular ways to celebrate in D.C.:
1. Experience the fun of the National Independence Day Parade
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Known as “America’s biggest and best Independence Day Parade,” it’s one you don’t want to miss! The one-mile parade route features members across the branches of the U.S. military, celebrities, bands, giant balloons, themed floats, and more!
Location: Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2. Grab a hot dog and cheer on the Washington Nationals
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What’s more patriotic than eating a hot dog and cheering on the home team?! The Washington Nationals will be playing the Cincinnati Reds at Nats Stadium at at 11:05 a.m. for some grand slam fun celebrating America’s pastime!
Location: Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C., 20003
3-8. Learn about the nation’s history at a museum or show
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- Visit the National Archives for a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
- The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia is reopening on Fourth of July with a ceremony, including live music and a portrayal of Frederick Douglass.
- See The Washington Symphonic Brass perform at the Washington National Cathedral.
- Watch the U.S. Navy Band perform at Alethia Tanner Park.
- Check out the flag that inspired the “Star Spangled Banner” and brush up on your U.S. history at the National Museum of American History.
- Learn about African American history and figures at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
9. Sing along to “A Capitol Fourth”
This star-studded concert on the National Mall— featuring Chicago, Boyz II Men, the Muppets of Sesame Street, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more—can be viewed in person, on PBS, or through livestream!
Location: The National Mall at 8 p.m.
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Is it truly a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks?! Nothing is more fitting than ending the day with fireworks lighting up D.C.’s skies and stunning monuments. In fact, D.C. just ranked in the top 10 best places to watch Fourth of July fireworks in 2023! Thankfully, the city has a number of great spots to sit back and enjoy the show! Grab a sneak peek below then see the full list here: