4th of July is right around the corner and D.C. is the best place to celebrate our nation’s birthday! Whether you’re new to town or looking for a fresh new spot to enjoy the fireworks, we’ve got a few great places and events to check out around the city!
The Independence Day parade is one of the biggest events leading up to the fireworks. Jam packed with marching bands, celebratory floats, military units, and special guests, the Independence Day Parade is a must see! The parade starts at 11:45 am on Constitution and 7th Street and is metro accessible. Come celebrate with the large crowd of Washingtonians and enjoy this unique gathering!
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is another daytime event going on on the National Mall. Full of performances, food, music, and crafts, the Folklife Festival is a flood of culture and excitement to the city! Arrive to the Mall between 11:00am- 5:00pm to enjoy the positive energy and people!
The Capitol Fourth Concert begins at 8:00 on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and other guests will be going on for your enjoyment right up until the fireworks begin across the Mall!
For a super family friendly evening, come to the Georgetown Waterfront Park and relax in the newly landscaped area equipped with a fountain for kids to run though and amphitheater overlooking the river. Bike down on the Crescent trail right to the park, bring a picnic, and enjoy the view of the fireworks over the Potomac River!
The National Cathedral Bishop’s Garden, located on the south side of the Cathedral, is the perfect low-key place to have a late afternoon celebration. Bring the kids and a picnic and relax in the gardens before viewing the epic show. Tucked beyond the parking lot is the hill overlooking the city with an amazing view of the Washington Monument and all the festivities!
You can brave the crowds and join the party on the National Mall, or pick one of the low-key spots for your 4th of July adventure, either way you’re bound to have a good time in the nation’s capitol!