Independence Day is the most important holiday of the year for many Americans. The day is celebrated with fireworks, barbecues, parades, memorials, concerts, and more. Each year there are large scale televised concerts, as well as local special events. These are the best 4th of July concerts in Washington, D.C.
A Capitol Fourth
U.S. Capitol Building
East Capitol St. N.E. & First St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 226-8000

Date: July 4, 2016 at 8 p.m.

The most anticipated 4th of July event of the year is A Capitol Fourth. The free event is televised live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. Along with fireworks, the event features musicians and speakers. Past artists have included Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and more legendary artists. This year’s event will be even more historical, as it will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and the 75th anniversary of the USO. If you were unable to get tickets, make sure you stay tuned to PBS.

National Archives
National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20408

Date: July 4, 2016 at 8 p.m.

If large crowds and waiting hours in the sun aren’t your cup of tea, the National Archives is an alternative to other big Fourth of July events. Although it’s not the biggest event, it is still one of the best for those who love history. The celebration includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence, exhibits, visits from historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, live performances, and more. For some, the highlight of the event is a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps. Spend a day with your family learning about the history of the country, and enjoying live performances.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Salute To Independence
Antietam National Battlefield
302 E Main St.
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
(301) 797-4000

Date: July 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Take a trip to one of the most historic battlefield’s in the country, to celebrate Independence Day. Two days before the actual the holiday, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present their Salute to Independence. For over 30 years, the MSO has presented this free event that draws thousands of patriotic celebrators as well as classical music fans. Tagged as “Maryland’s Most Patriotic Event,” this is perhaps the best way you can celebrate the 4th of July.

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Frederick’s Fourth Of July
Baker Park
121 N Bentz St.
Frederick, MD, 21701

Date: July 4, 2016 at 12 p.m.

The Fourth of July holiday is a perfect opportunity to have fun with your family and friends. And Frederick’s Fourth of July wants to make sure you have a great time. The special event includes food, a dunk tank, live music, kids activities, bath tub races, a volleyball tournament and more. The celebration is also an opportunity for you to support local artists who will be playing on two stages throughout the day. You may end up hearing your new favorite band.

Baltimore’s 4th Of July Celebration
Inner Harbor Amphitheater
201 E Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 332-4191

Date: July 4, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Price: $50 for adults; $25 for children

Baltimore is a short drive away from D.C., so many residents visit the city for day trips and weekend’s away. If you are looking to get away from the D.C. on Independence Day, the inner harbor is a beautiful choice. The annual 4th of July Celebration features a stellar fireworks display set to music, as well as live music. You will enjoy music performed by the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers, who play everything from adult contemporary and jazz, to classic rock and R&B. It will certainly be a celebration.

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