Fourth of July Events in DC

There are many different ways to celebrate the Fourth of July but few are as amazing and breathtaking as celebrating this holiday in our nation’s capitol.  Watching fireworks explode in multitudes of color around the many different landmarks in Washington DC is a sight like no other.  Imagine bursts of color behind the Washington Memorial, the Capitol Building’s dome, or reflected in the Reflecting Pool.

The Fourth of July is an all-day event in the city.  It starts with a parade that makes its way up Constitution Avenue.  This parade includes marching bands, floats, and more.  Of course, if you want a good view, you’ll need to get there early.  Another great event is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  It features music, dancing, great food, and handmade crafts.  This year, the festival’s themes are Colombia, Peace Corps, and Rhythm and Blues.  The festival runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The National Archives host a number of different events, including a “birthday” party for the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Following this, you can visit the White House Visitor Center for some games and other activities.  If you want something a little more relaxing, the U.S. Navy Band will host a concert at the Washington Monument Grounds starting at 6:00 p.m.  A Capitol Fourth Concert, a Fourth of July tradition hosted by the National Symphony Orchestra, will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol.  It begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends just in time for the fireworks.

The fireworks show, which is what everyone wants to hang around for, starts around 9:15 p.m. or so.  The fireworks are fired off from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and explode over the Washington Monument, creating a spectacular sight like no other!

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