WASHINGTON — A fife and drum corps, parade and concerts on the National Mall will open the Fourth of July festivities in Washington.
As morning rains cleared away Saturday, the capital’s Fourth of July parade was set to kick off just before noon along Constitution Avenue. The parade features marching bands, floats and balloons with plenty of red, white and blue.
The National Mall is also hosting the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The annual festival features the culture of Peru this year, drawing thousands of visitors to the mall before the evening fireworks.
The U.S. Air Force Band performs Saturday evening on the Washington Monument grounds. And the big event is the “Capitol Fourth” concert on the west lawn of the Capitol, featuring Barry Manilow and the National Symphony Orchestra before the fireworks.
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