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The nation's captial is an exicting place to be during the week of July 4th. Join the many patriotic festivities taking place in honor of Independence Day, visit the nation's memorials dedicatied to those who served our country, or enjoy recreational opportunities in one of the many DC area national parks.

Special July 4th Events in DC Area National Parks

Thousands of people come to the nation's capital every July 4th to enjoy concerts, parades, and fireworks, of course! This year the celebration continues with exciting events to enjoy with family and friends.

Parade Color Guard

National Independence Day Parade
11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW
Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America's birthday!

Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Memorial
Salute to America
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Memorial
President Donald J. Trump honors America’s armed forces with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and much more. Participants include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), the Armed Forces Chorus, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, and many others. Gates open at 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Concert

A Capitol Fourth
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
This all-star salute to America's 243rd birthday with performances by Grammy Award-winning music legend Carole King, multi-platinum recording artist Vanessa Williams, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, the National Symphony Orchestra, and a special appearance by the Sesame Street Muppets!

Fireworks Show

Fireworks Display
9:07 p.m., National Mall & Neighboring Parks
Independence Day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display launched from West Potomac Park and behind the Lincoln Memorial which will be visible from many locations throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia. The fireworks will be cancelled in case of heavy rain, thunderstorms or high winds.

Find Ranger Programs in DC Area Parks

Visiting DC for your July 4th holiday or looking for something to do in the local area? Set the calendar to July to check out ranger programs and more July 4th events at national parks throughout the DC area happening around or on Independence Day.

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Last updated: July 4, 2019

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