All bedecked in red, white and blue, the nation’s capital is a wonderful place to celebrate America’s birthday. The July 4th observance is an extraordinary event in Washington D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated events held in the District. Each year, the celebration attracts residents and visitors from across the country.
The Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks is the most well-known spectacle in the nation. The monuments and the U.S. Capitol provide an inspirational patriotic backdrop for thousands of people who spend the day on the National Mall enjoying the festivities.
The celebratory day begins with the traditional Independence Day Parade. The procession begins at 11 a.m. and follows a route along Constitution Avenue N.W. from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W. The parade includes floats, military units and marching bands. When the parade is over, you can visit the National Archives and view original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. There are numerous family-friendly activities, such as the Smithsonian Museums, Jazz in the Garden and the Tudor Place ice cream social. You can spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic or sample the fare offered by numerous food vendors dispersed along the Mall.
The day culminates with a series of concerts and the fireworks. A military band performs at the base of the Washington Monument, while the Washington Symphony Orchestra entertains visitors at the Capitol building. Revelers can enjoy a star-studded concert on the steps of the Capitol just before the pyrotechnic display.