Fireworks over the National Mall on July 4th.
Fireworks on display over the National Mall for the Fourth of July celebration.


Viewing from the National Mall

  • Plan to arrive early, and to protect yourself from heat-related illness. See Directions and Plan Your Visit.

  • Viewing areas on the National Mall near the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool will be accessible only through secure access points.

  • Consider wearing hearing protection. These fireworks are BIG and LOUD.

  • Consider wearing eye protection to protect yourself from incidental falling debris (ash).

  • Consider not bringing pets (some get very scared of the loud booms).

  • Immediately following the fireworks, areas along Independence Avenue between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial will be closed for safety checks related to the fireworks launch site. The road and sidewalks will re-open after cleanup crews have completed their inspection and removed any hazardous materials.

Fireworks delay due to inclement weather.

The Fireworks display may be cancelled/delayed if there is significant inclement weather such as driving rain, high winds, or lightning in the nearby area and low ceiling cloud cover. If the Fireworks are cancelled on the 4th due to inclement weather the rain date will be July 5th at 9:09 pm. The concerts at Sylvan Theatre and the U.S. Capitol will NOT be repeated on the rain date.

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