Written by Lauren Zdanowitz, Institute on Business and Government Affairs Program Advisor
What better place to celebrate our nation’s independence than Washington, DC? On this spectacular holiday there are a number of events taking place all over the district with no shortage of excitement. From parades and concerts to sky-illuminating fireworks, DistrictGPS will let you know all about celebrating a DC 4th of July in style!
Independence Day Parade
Kick start your morning by attending the National Independence Day Parade. It will begin at 11:45am leaving from Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, and the route will follow Constitution Avenue down to 17th Street. The event will feature bands, military units, floats, and even a few celebrities so be sure to arrive early and claim your spot.
4th of July at the National Archives
People from all over the Washington, DC area will join in a birthday party to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This special program will take place at the National Archives Building from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Make a point to take part in this 4th of July opportunity.
White House Events
The White House Visitor Center will be playing host to a variety of games, crafts, and great activities to celebrate America’s Birthday. Stop by between 9:00am and 3:00pm to immerse yourself in the important aspects that helped finalize the Declaration of Independence and create the United States of America on July 4, 1776.
Concert on the Washington Monument Grounds
If you find yourself near the National Mall, swing by the Washington Monument from 6:00pm to 9:00pm to enjoy the musical talents of the U.S. Navy Band. The concert will include performances by the U.S. Air Force Band and will also feature American country music artist, Jo Dee Messina.
A Capitol Fourth
Join Tom Bergeron as he celebrates our nation’s 236th birthday and serves as the host of this year’s annual concert on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. See performances by Matthew Broderick, Phillip Phillips, Josh Turner, and the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert starts at 8:00pm and ends with a fireworks show over the National Mall.
Fireworks on the National Mall
It’s hard to beat watching the 4th of July fireworks show from the lawn of the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background! If you want a spot close to the action make sure that you bring your blanket and arrive well before the fireworks start at 9:10pm. To avoid the largest crowds you can also watch the show from other spots around the city such as the lawn of the Jefferson memorial.
One of the Best Kept Secrets of the Celebration
On July 3rd catch the dress rehearsal for the Capitol Concert. Watch your favorite stars rehearse before the big crowds pile in on the 4th of July. It is a great way to kick off your holiday festivities.