Celebrating Independence Day in the nation’s capital is hard to beat! With a number of ways to honor the day, we’ve compiled a list of can’t-miss favorites!
1. Experience the fun of the National Independence Day Parade
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
What’s more patriotic than eating a hot dog and cheering on the home team?! The Washington Nationals will be playing the Miami Marlins for some grand slam fun celebrating America’s pastime!
Location: Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C., 20003 at 11:05 a.m.
3. Learn about the nation’s history at a free museum
- Visit the National Archives for a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
- Experience the National Portrait Gallery’s reopened exhibit, “America’s Presidents.”
- 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.
4. Sing along to “A Capitol Fourth”
This star-studded concert on the National Mall — featuring Darren Criss, Andy Grammer, Rachel Platten, military bands, and more — can be viewed in person, on PBS, or through livestream!
Location: The National Mall at 8 p.m.
5. Witness a grand fireworks display over D.C.’s famous monuments
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. Thankfully, the city has a number of great spots to sit back and enjoy the show:
- The National Mall.
- Across the Potomac by the U.S. Marine Corps. Memorial.
- A rooftop bar or rooftop terrace.
- Hains Point in East Potomac Park.
- The Washington National Cathedral lawn.
- The Wharf.
- The Georgetown Waterfront.