Americans celebrate July 4th as the official birthday of the United States of America, commemorating the vote in favor of independence by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. Wider announcements to the public followed two days later. Throughout the week of July 4th, families and friends gather for food, fireworks, and fun while also reflecting on freedom and liberty for all Americans.
National parks are home to many of the nation’s most beloved monuments, historic sites, hallowed grounds, and iconic landscapes. Celebrate Independence Day by finding a park, joining an event, reflecting on history, or enjoying the great outdoors!
A Look Back at Shaping a Nation
Revisit why we celebrate Independence Day by following the road to revolution and creation of a new nation.
Remember the sacrifices of the American military through people, places, and stories in parks that share the military experience.
FREEDOM FOR ALL
Follow the journey of people continuing the fight for the freedom and liberty that our nation was founded on.
Visit a Park
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE
Military Veterans & Families
Learn more about opportunities for veterans and their families to enjoy national parks and other public lands.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
If you’re heading to a park, find tips to protect America's treasures while looking out for each other's health and safety.
ENJOY A DAY OF PLAY
Discover the many ways to enjoy the great outdoors during the July 4th week with family, friends, or solo.
Find an Event
Set the calendar to July to find Independence Day events at national parks across the country, including fireworks, parades, memorial services, history talks, and more.
National mall & memorial parks
Fireworks in the Nation’s Capital
Join the July 4th festivities in the nation's capital and visit iconic monuments and memorials to democracy.
Freedom Week Activities
Throughout the week you will find interactive activities, walking tours, concerts, and other events including a parade on the fourth.
Photos of Park Festivities
Last updated: January 24, 2023