By Laura Catherine Hermoza

If you’re planning on spending this Independence Day in Washington, D.C. then you’re in luck. The nation’s capital promises a whole host of fun activities and celebrations for the occasion. From fireworks, parades and special event happenings, the possibilities are unlimited. If you’re still trying to decide what to see and do, here’s your ultimate guide to the best 2017 Independence Day events in D.C.

Fourth Of July At The National Archives
700 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20408
(866) 272-6272 

Date: July 4, 2017 at 9 a.m.

The celebration gets started early at the National Archives, with a special cocktail hour kicking things off the evening of June 29 and live entertainments planned each day leading up to Independence Day. But July 4th marks the grand event, with live music beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a special Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony. There will be presentations from the Continental Color Guard and Fife and Drum Corps, remarks by United States Archivist David S. Ferriero, performances of the National Anthem and even visits by special characters from history, like Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, Ned Hector and Thomas Jefferson. They will be hanging around all day, sharing in hands-on activities with children at the Boening Learning Center. Other scheduled fun includes a chocolate tasting, signing a facsimile Declaration of Independence and even viewing the original in the Rotunda.

Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets
1500 South Capitol St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287

Date: July 4, 2017 at 11:05 a.m.

Celebrate this great American holiday with the great American pastime—baseball. Every year on Independence Day the Washington Nationals play at their own resident Nationals Park, marking a tradition for many spectators to come out and enjoy each season. This year’s game will be against the New York Mets and will begin at 11:05 a.m.—as not to interfere with other scheduled holiday engagements taking place around D.C. This July 4 game is part of the Patriotic Series presented by SAIC which includes a several Washington Nationals gaming events that celebrate American patriotism throughout the season.

National Independence Day Parade
Constitution Ave., N.W. from 7th to 17th St.
Washington, DC 20004

Date: July 4, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

The National Independence Day Parade steps off at 11:45 a.m. sharp on July 4, taking a one-mile route down Constitution Ave. from 7th St. to 17th St. As the nation’s ultimate birthday bash, hundreds of thousands of spectators are drawn in to watch the event every year, sharing in what’s considered a truly patriotic experience. The Parade’s procession is made up of various bands, fife and drum corps, military and specialty units, celebrities, VIPs, national dignitaries, drill teams, equestrians and other interesting participants. Share in the spectacle as a series of floats, balloons, performers and other sights march onward in the greatest patriotic party of all.

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A Capitol Fourth
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building
East Capitol Street N.E. and First Street S.E.
Washington, DC 20004

Date: July 4, 2017 at 8 p.m.

A mainstay tradition in D.C. for the last three decades, this public concert marks the ultimate Independence Day birthday bash. The event is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with live broadcasting on PBS television, NPR radio, and the American Forces Network. Each year nationally renowned performers and celebrities make up the lineup of entertainers. This free event gets underway at 8 p.m., with gates opening at 3 p.m.

National Mall Fourth of July Celebration
900 Ohio Drive S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Date: July 4, 2017 at 9:09 p.m.

There’s plenty to do around D.C. on July Fourth. But whatever you do, just be sure to head to the National Mall for the famed nighttime fireworks. Scheduled for 9:09 p.m., the Mall offers premium views. So light up your evening with this grand finale.

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