Independence day is just more fun when you live in Washington DC. Start the day off right with the Independence Day Parade. The parade route goes along Constitution Avenue, between 7th Street and 17th Street. Spectators can enter through the National Mall starting at 10 a.m. Visitors must enter through a security check point. Click here for tips about getting to the National Mall on July 4th.
The Independence Day Parade draws a huge crowd, and for good reason! Enjoy marching bands, military and specialty units, floats, and honored guests. The Parade begins at 11:45 a.m. If you live in Washington DC, you know how the weather is in July. It’s hot! Shade is limited along the parade route. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear a hat. Vendors will be selling food, but it’s a good idea to have some snacks, at least. With so many visitors, lines for food will probably be long.
When the parade is over, there’s still plenty to do on the National Mall. Head over to the Smithsonian Folklife festival. It will be happening on the National Mall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You and your family can enjoy cultural performances and hands-on activities that bring the cultures of other nations to life. This is one of the great resources open to people who live in Washington DC! Visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival website for more information. If you love music, plan on attending A Capitol Fourth Concert at 8 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra will perform with a number of other artists. The evening finishes off with a great display of fireworks! The fireworks start around 9:15 p.m. and are launched over the Washington Monument. It’s going to be a spectacular 4th of July celebration near Washington DC homes.