LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Celebrating the Fourth of July in Washington can be a spectacular event, but with all of the possible places to go and things to do, planning for the holiday can be a headache.

To take the hassle out of the holiday, here is a complete guide to events going on in and around the area.

Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade
Parade Start Time: 11:45 a.m.
Parade Route: Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th Sts.

The parade will feature marching bands, military units, floats and celebrities.

4th of July at the National Archives

The National Archives will host a family friendly celebration. They will host a birthday party for the nation, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A Capitol Fourth

Perhaps one of the main staples of the Independence Day celebration, the concert hosted on the U.S. Capitol grounds is a crowd pleaser. Due to budget cuts that cancelled the concert on the National Mall, this event is sure to be even more popular. No tickets are necessary, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early. You can also catch a live stream of the fireworks and concert on PBS.

Related: Best 4th of July Parties in Washington D.C.

Fireworks on the National Mall

The epitome of celebrating Independence Day, watching fireworks on the national mall. Fireworks begin at dark. Get there early, bring a blanket and take Metro.

4th of July at Long Bridge Park

Don’t feel like dealing with the headache of parking, Metro or the crowds that will be in D.C.? Long Bridge Park in Arlington is hosting a family-friendly evening of fun. There will be food, crafts, face painting and views of the D.C. Fireworks.

Langley High School

Residents of McLean can celebrate the 4th of July at Langley High School starting at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the celebration will feature a live DJ, food and souvenirs. Shuttles will be available from St. John’s Episcopal Church on Douglass St. and Georgetown Pike and the McLean Community Center.

4th of July at Nats Park

The Washington Nationals will host a 4th of July game against the Brewers capping off four game series at Nats Park. The team will don patriotic themed uniforms and participate in patriotic themed events. The game starts at 11:05 a.m.

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