If you live in the Washington DC area, you must, at least once in your life, go to the National Mall and the surrounding area to experience the ultimate 4th of July extravaganza. Start with the America’s National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW where you can see patriotic floats with some very popular personalities, marching bands from all over the country and military personnel. The parade normally starts late morning a little before noon. Best to get there well in advance to secure prime real estate.
You can then go to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to enjoy the Capitol Fourth Independence Day Concert, which features some of the country’s best singers and the National Symphony Orchestra. Although the hour and half concert does not start until 8 pm, admittance starts at 3 pm so get there early to find the best seats. While enjoying your concert, know that you are sitting at a prime location to view the magnificent fireworks that starts around 9 pm.
There are other locations for a fantastic view of the exclamation point of the day that is the fireworks. If standing along the Mall is not your thing, then consider the various hotels in the city that have roof top space, or you can take a boat cruise along the Potomac River.
Now, some of us don’t enjoy baking in the July sun longer than necessary and may be looking for entertainment indoors but still be in the middle of the festivities. Well, we have your backs; the Smithsonian museums, that are only a block or two away from where the festivities of the day are taking place, will all be open. If you have young children with you, we suggest the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum.
While you are enjoying the passing parade and need to cool off for a bit, go to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden located on Independence Avenue and 7th Street NW where they have a cafe to buy refreshments from and an amusing fountain you can sit by and dip your toes in.
If you’ve “been there and done that” and are looking for a low-key celebration with friends and loved ones, then there are other options. Planning a small or medium or humongous BBQ party in your backyard, or if you are a condo dweller, in the backyard of that person who you know has a backyard or a deck/patio is an excellent way to celebrate our Nations’ Independence. And if you don’t have a backyard/deck/patio or know a person that does, then there are other options for a good time indoors (this is also a good idea in case it rains). Prepare some snacks and drinks, get some red, white and blue balloons, some pretty little flower arrangements and play some fun games.
Whatever you choose to do, just have fun, enjoy and be safe. We hope you have a wonderful Independence Day!!! And Happy Birthday to our Nation!