Things to Do

The nation's capital is an exicting place to be on Independence Day! Join the many patriotic festivities taking place in honor of America's birthday, visit the nation's memorials dedicated to those who served our country, or enjoy recreational opportunities in one of the many DC area national parks.

Fireworks over the Washington Monument
NPS photo by Chalice Keith

11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Constitution Avenue NW between 7th Street and 17th Street
National Independence Day Parade

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! The parade kicks off at 11:45 a.m. at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW and proceeds west to 17th Street. Learn more here.

1 p.m. to 8 p.m., southeast grounds of the Washington Monument
Sylvan Theater Family Activity Area

Visit the Sylvan Theater Family Activity Area on the southeast grounds of the monument for activities and a scavenger hunt about the the monuments and memorials on the National Mall. You can also complete your Independence Day Junior Ranger booklet full of family-friendly, fun activities to earn a special Junior Ranger badge! Stop by from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Independence Day.

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., West Lawn of the United States Capitol
A Capitol Fourth Concert

This star-studded salute to Independence Day is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol and is free and open to the public. Gates open at 3 p.m. More at

9:09 p.m. to 9:27 p.m.
Fireworks on the National Mall

The National Park Service will once again host the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration on the National Mall, the nation’s most important civic space and home to more than a dozen memorials that commemorate great Americans and significant events in our nation’s history. The display will be held on Thursday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m. and will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Additional details for attending the July 4 fireworks display, including access points along the National Mall, prohibited items and road closures, will be released later this month. Complete information and updates on the Independence Day celebration can be found at

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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    Special Events

    Join the festivities in Washington, DC, including the Independence Day Parade, Fireworks Display, and the Salute to America.

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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.

  • Two US Army Fife and Drum Corps soldiers looking at the Washington Monument
    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.

  • Ranger silhouette between flagpoles at night
    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 11, 2024


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