July fourth is fast approaching, and what better place to celebrate the U.S. national holiday than in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC! Surely the capital will have a line-up of activities and festivities to out-do any others across the country!
Fireworks sparkling and lighting up the evening skies over the National Mall and reflecting off the water with the shadow of the Washington Monument in the background would make it all the more exciting. Make sure you cover your trip with proper travel insurance as massive events mixing pyrotechnics and huge crowds are more risk-sensible. In any case, the immaculate city is already a beautiful and pristine place to visit, but add in Independence Day celebrations and it will be spectacular!
Events around the National Mall
Start your day off at the National Archives and Records Administration where the original Declaration of Independence is housed along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These are among more than three billions other records held, but are the quintessential documents that helped establish and define America.
For more museum fun, check out the National Museum of American History and take in the exhibit on “American Stories” and see how artifacts like Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers from The Wizard of Oz, and Kermit the Frog add to the fabric of American culture.
Enjoy the spirited tones of organs at the Annual Independence Day Organ Concert taking place at 11:00 a.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. Enjoy more music as you embrace cultural traditions from around the world at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. There will be dance performances, cooking and craft demonstrations and even some storytelling. You will find all the festival action between 7th and 14th Streets beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting until 5:30 p.m. These festivities can also be enjoyed from June 26 to 30 and from July 3 to the 7th, so if you are already in town, get a head start on Independence Day fun!
Scheduled to take place shortly before noon, you can join the crowds lined up along Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW for the Independence Day Parade, which will include marching bands, and several wonderful patriotic floats among many other groups and entertainers walking in the parade.
In the evening, at 9:00 p.m., witness the glorious display of fireworks over the National Mall.
Other Independence Day Events
If you happen to be in nearby Maryland, you can catch an Independence Day parade in Annapolis at the Annapolis City Dock area. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. Prior to the fireworks display, catch up with the Naval Academy’s Concert Band for a great performance that will keep up your celebratory spirit!
Independence Day at Mount Vernon will be something special. As the home of George Washington, you can expect the town will not be holding back on anything with their festivities! At George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens the annual Red, White & Blue Independence Day celebrations will include a “General and Mrs. Washington” with whom you can shake hands with and perhaps take a memorable picture with. A complete day of scheduled events will take place including a wreath-laying ceremony at George Washington’s Tomb, a grand performance by the 80-members of the National Concert Band of America, revolutionary war military demonstrations and more, and all to be capped off with a fireworks display as well.
Independence Day celebrations in and around Washington will have you coming back for more!