The Fourth of July will be here before we know it, and what better place to celebrate this patriotic holiday than the nation’s capital? Below are seven things to do in D.C. to celebrate Independence Day, and the best part is that these fun events are only a short trip from National Harbor!
National Independence Day Parade
Who doesn’t love a parade? Start your Fourth of July celebration with this patriotic parade featuring marching bands from all over the country, military and specialty units, patriotic floats, and more. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW.
A Capitol Fourth Concert and Fireworks
This event is the quintessential Independence Day celebration. Enjoy the free, 90-minute musical extravaganza featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, which culminates in a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with live cannon fire provided by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. You don’t have to sit within the gates, however, to enjoy the spectacular fireworks show that starts at 9 p.m. You can see the show from a variety of vantage points in D.C., including from a boat cruise on the Potomac River.
Block Party at the Willard
Every Fourth of July, the Willard InterContinental Hotel opens its doors for an Independence Day celebration. Enjoy the decorated lobby, delicious barbeque, and a live rock band in this gorgeous hotel, just steps from the White House.
Declaration of Independence Celebration
The National Archives, which houses the original Declaration of Independence, holds family-friendly Fourth of July festivities each year. Starting at 10 a.m., you can attend a ceremony including a presentation of colors and a dramatic reading of the Declaration. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., have a meet and greet with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and other historical figures.
Catch a Baseball Game at National Park
Celebrate your patriotism by indulging in America’s favorite past time. The Washington Nationals have several home games on or around the 4th, including match-ups with the Giants and the Reds.