July 4 Independence Day at Cedar Hill

Douglass Quote
Actors at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site dressed as Douglass and his eldest son.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Presents
"What to the slave is the Fourth of July?"

 

Join the National Park Service on July 4, 2018, for a day of reflection and commemoration as we honor history and celebrate 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, the “Lion of Anacostia.”

Celebrate Independence Day starting at 9 a.m. with special activities at Douglass Cedar Hill estate in historic Anacostia, Washington D.C. Bring your blankets and a picnic to view the fireworks on the National Mall from Cedar Hill at 9:09 p.m.
All activities are FREE and open to the public.

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Plan Your Visit


9 a.m. Join us for ranger-led house tours given at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

11 a.m. See actor Darius Wallace deliver Douglass famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” on the front porch of the house.

12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Journey on a self guided tour of the house with rangers in different rooms to answer questions. Tours will be on the first floor only.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Become a bicentennial Junior Ranger and earn a limited edition badge! Enjoy activities for children and families on the lawn. Croquet, rangers unrolling a replica of the 1877 American flag (1877 was the year Douglass moved to Cedar Hill), storytelling, and living history actors portraying Douglass and his family.

7 p.m. See an encore performance from actor Darius Wallace as he delivers Douglass's “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech on the front porch of the house.

8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy a Fourth of July themed full orchestra concert by D.C. Strings on the front porch of Douglass’s Cedar Hill home. Listen to music as you settle in to watch the fireworks.

9:09 p.m. Witness a grand view of the fireworks on the National Mall from Cedar Hill, just like Douglass would have. Enjoy music from D.C. Strings during the fireworks show.

 
View from Cedar Hill
Sunset view facing the Washington Monument on the National Mall from Cedar Hill.

Getting There

Parking: Street parking will be the only available parking for this event. The site is located in a residential neighborhood, parking will be difficult to find.

Public Trasportation:

  • If taking a bus, get on the B2 to "Mt. Rainier" or "Bladensburg Rd., V St. NE," or get on the V2 to "Minnesota Ave" or "Capitol Heights Station." There is a bus stop directly in front of the site at the corner of W and 14th Streets.
  • The B2 and V2 buses service the corner of W and 14th Streets, directly in front of the site. The 90, 93, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, and P6 all drop off within two blocks of the site.
  • Use the Green Line and get off at Anacostia Station. When disembarking the train, follow signs to exit the station on the "Howard Road" and "Buses" side. It is approximately 3/4 miles from the station to the site.
  • If walking, take a right on Howard Road (walk 1 block), take a left on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (walk 3 blocks), and take a right on W Street (walk 4 blocks to the site's visitor center).
  • Visit WMATA for fares and route details.
 

Prohibited Items and Activities

  • All coolers, backpacks, packages, and persons may be subject to inspection.
  • No grills, alcohol, glass containers, candles, incsence or personal fireworks are permitted on National Park Service property.
  • Launching, landing or operating unmanned or remote controlled aircraft on National Park Service property is strictly prohibited.
  • Personal tents that block other visitors’ views and tents that require stakes are prohibited.
  • Possession of firearms in national parks is prohibited, governed by federal as well as local law.

Last updated: July 2, 2018

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1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC 20020

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