Things to Do

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.

Six fighter jets in formation
Salute to America
~ 6:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.
President Donald J. Trump celebrates our independence and salutes our nation's heritage with honors our nation's service members and veterans with music, military demonstrations, and flyovers that honor our nation’s service members and veterans.
Capitol Concert

A Capitol Fourth
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams, this all-star salute to America's 244th birthday will feature pre-taped performances from around the country, highlights from past years’ concerts, and live coverage of the fireworks show. The show will be broadcast on PBS affiliates, and live streamed on Facebook, Twitter and at

Fireworks Show

Fireworks Display
9:07 p.m. - 9:42 p.m., National Mall
Independence Day culminates with a spectacular 35-minute fireworks display 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 1, 2020


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