Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items
Guns, knives, or ammunition
Unmanned aerial systems (drones)
Glass containers
Explosives or fireworks

Celebrating Independence Day in the nation's capital can be an exciting experience. Some items are prohibited at national parks in the DC area during July 4th events to make it a safe one too. Check back for any additional information and updates. Find more information to plan your visit, including safety tips, closures, and things to know before you go.

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    Special Events

    Join the festivities in Washington, DC, including the fireworks display, parade and A Capitol Fourth concert!

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    Plan Your Visit

    Find information to plan your trip around town on July 4, including directions, closures, security, and safety tips.

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    Social Media & Alerts

    Share your DC Fourth of July experience on social media! Stay informed with alerts and fun-facts about the DC monuments.

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    Photos and Multimedia

    View photos and videos of Independence Day festivities and preparations on the National Mall.

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    History of Independence Day

    Take a moment to reflect on why millions of Americans gather for celebrations across the country on July 4th every year.

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    Making the Fourth Happen

    Ever wonder what it takes to put on a show for Independence Day in the nation's capital? Learn more about behind the scenes.

Last updated: June 27, 2022


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