If you’re going to be spending Independence Day in our nation’s capital and need ideas of what to do, look no further! Here’s a guide to get the best out of 4th of July in DC:

  1. National Independence Day Parade

 The National Independence Day Parade will take place on Constitution Ave starting at 11:45am. Be sure to get there early to snag a good view of the street. This parade is the largest parade held on the Fourth so expect a crowd. You can expect to see floats, marching bands, drill teams, balloons, and so much more. 

  1. Washington Nationals Game 

This year, the Washington Nationals will be playing against the Miami Marlins at 11:05. America’s favorite pastime is a great way to spend the day taking in America’s culture. Be sure to grab a hot dog and an ice cold lemonade and prepare to cheer on the Nats!

  1. “Salute to America” Address by President Donald Trump

Join President Trump, and many other Americans, as he salutes America from the Lincoln Memorial. The event is set to begin at 6:30pm. This event is sure to be crowded, so be sure to arrive a few hours early to ensure a spot and a good view of the President. Secret Service security can be expected, so be careful in what you pack for the day. If hearing from the President wasn’t already cool enough, there will also be an Air Force flyover and music performances! 

  1. A Capitol Fourth Concert

The biggest event of the Fourth of July is set to be held on the US Capitol West Lawn starting at 6pm. The doors open at 3pm, so be prepared for a long wait for this event, though it will be well worth it! This year’s event is hosted by John Stamos, everyone’s favorite uncle, and will consist of performances by Carole King and the Broadway cast of Beautiful starring Vanessa Carlton, Lee Brice, Vanessa Williams, Gone West featuring Colbie Caillat, and the characters of Sesame Street! This is an event you will not want to miss. 

  1. Fireworks on the National Mall

Finish off your night with fireworks over the Nation’s capital and all of its many monuments and memorials. Join America as we celebrate independence and end the night with a BOOM! 

Other options include honoring the Founding Fathers by going to see the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, attending an all day back in time event at Mount Vernon, taking in the sunshine and waterfront views at the Wharf, or bar hopping for Fourth of July festive drink specials.

Maddison M