What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by being in the heart of America? Making plans can be stressful and costly, luckily, we have the insider knowledge on how to navigate the city and enjoy the best that it has to offer.
Circus on the National Mall
A 10 day scheduled tour in the Nation’s Capital features over 500 circus performers commemorating the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s 50th Anniversary and the birth of our nation. Come watch celebrated acrobats, gymnasts and entertainers.
You can’t spend the fourth of July in Washington DC without catching floats bounce along Constitution Avenue. The parade begins at 11:45 am and is held between 7th and 17th streets.
Watch the district skies light up in red, white and blue. Among the best places to watch the spectacular show are The U.S. Capitol lawn, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The White House Ellipse, West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park, and Anacostia Park.
Pro Tip: arrive early as these areas generally fill up quickly and early in the day with spectators.
Don’t miss star John Stamos hosting this year’s Fourth of July concert, featuring the Beach Boys and Trace Adkins among many other superstars. Bring a blanket and a friend and find a cozy clearing on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and experience the fourth wrapped in symphony tunes. The concert begins at 8:00 pm.
• Due to heightened security, some roads may be blocked off and the metro lines will be heavily congested.
• Prepare yourself for long waiting lines, crowded areas, security checks, and heightened law enforcement presence. Public access to the National Mall begins at 10:00 a.m. The U.S. Capitol grounds open at 3:00 p.m.
• Have at least one person in your group go without a bag. There is a “bag free” line to get into the Capitol lawn and it is always much shorter. Your designated group member can head in and steak out a spot. All purses, coolers and other belongings will be searched. No alcohol is allowed.
• Never walk alone and always travel in groups – look out for one another and be vigilant of your surroundings.
• It’s going to be warm so it’s very important to stay hydrated. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and hand sanitizer for outdoor venues.
Above all, have an incredible time celebrating in our nation’s capital!