Things to Do

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!

Exterior view of Frederick Douglass's home, Cedar Hill

“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”
9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Celebrate Independence Day with special activities at Frederick Douglass Cedar Hill estate in historic Anacostia. See living history actors recreate Douglass's famous speech “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”, earn a limited edition bicentennial Junior Ranger badge, enjoy live musical performances, and tour Douglass’s home.

Entrance gate at Fort Washington
A Fort Washington Fourth!
7 a.m. - 9:45 p.m., Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington Park stays open late for viewing of fireworks from Washington and the Virginia shore. The fort remains open until 9:45 pm after the fireworks are over. Park entrance fees are waived after 7 p.m.
Capitol Concert

A Capitol Fourth
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra, join Jimmy Buffett and the Broadway cast of Escape to Margaritaville, pop superstars the Temptations and the Beach Boys, country music star Luke Combs, host John Stamos, and many more as they honor our country’s 242nd birthday. Gates open at 3 p.m.

Fireworks Show

Fireworks Display
9:09 p.m. - 9:27 p.m.
Independence Day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall. The fireworks will be launched from the area of the Reflecting Pool, and 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.

Last updated: June 7, 2018


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