There's no better place to spend the Fourth of July than right in the nation's capital. With so much going on in the city, it can be overwhelming to know how to spend the holiday. Check out our guide to make it easy!
It's almost time to celebrate our nation's independence! For District residents, we live in the perfect location to celebrate our country and enjoy local events. See what we recommend doing for the Fourth of July right here in Washington, D.C.
Watch the National Independence Day Parade
WHEN: July 4 starting at 11:45 a.m.
WHERE: Starting on Constitution Avenue and 7th, heading to 17th Street
The parade features marching bands, military floats, and special guests. The popular event is always a huge hit, so make sure you show up early for the best views.
Jam Out to a Concert at the U.S. Capitol
WHEN: July 4, 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
John Stamos will host this free concert that will feature artists such as The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Pentatonix, The Temptations, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to hang out for this star-studded event. You can start entering the lawn at 3 p.m.
See History at the National Archives
WHEN: Special event -- July 4, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
WHERE: National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20408
The Fourth of July celebrates the day our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, so why not go see the Declaration in person?! The National Archives holds some of our nation's other most important documents, too, including the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and more. The National Archives will be celebrating the Fourth of July with special programs celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Catch a Washington Nationals Game
WHEN: July 4, 11:05 a.m.
WHERE: Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C., 20003
Cheer on Washington, D.C.'s baseball team at the Nationals Park. What's a better way to spend the Fourth of July than with some all-American baseball? This year the Nationals will be playing the Red Sox, so it is sure to be a good game.
Head Over to the National Museum of American History
WHEN: Every day | 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
WHERE: National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20560
Learn more about our nation's history at the National Museum of American History. You can check out the original flag from the Battle of Baltimore that inspired the "Star-Spangled Banner." This artifact is held in a dimly lit room, away from the other exhibits, which sets a beautiful backdrop for the flag.
Commemorate Frederick Douglass at Cedar Hill
WHEN: July 4 | 9 a.m–9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE, Washington, D.C., 20020
The National Park Service will be hosting a day of reflection in honor of the legacy of Frederick Douglass. This free event will feature tours of the estate, a reading of the famous speech "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?", children's activities, and more. You can even stay and check out the fireworks at the Cedar Hill.
Watch the Fireworks
WHEN: July 4 | 9 p.m.
Obviously, check out some fireworks while you are celebrating the Fourth of July! The main fireworks display will be over the National Mall, but there are tons of different places you can check out the best views.
A few places where you can catch the fireworks:
- U.S. Capitol
- Lincoln Memorial
- FDR Memorial
- East Potomac Park
- US Supreme Court
- Rooftop bars
- Lady Bird Johnson Park
- Anacostia Park
What do you think? What are your Fourth of July plans? Let us know in the comments below!