Fourth of July is a major event in Washington, D.C. for obvious reasons. There are several events leading up to and on Independence Day—between the parades, concerts and festivals, there are plenty of fun activities and events to enjoy. Here are the best Fourth of July events in Washington, D.C.
A Capitol Fourth
U.S. Capitol Building West Lawn
East Capitol St. N.E. & First St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 226-8000

Date: July 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.

A Capitol Fourth is probably the most anticipated Fourth of July event in the city. The huge annual event has been broadcast live by PBS for 35 years. Every year the event brings musical acts, celebrities, military bands and more to celebrate Independence Day. Past artists have included National Symphony Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, The U.S. Army Band, Faith Hill, Frankie Valli and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. Enjoy the festivities on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in the nation’s capital on the nation’s birthday.

Fairfax Independence Day Celebration
Downtown Fairfax Historic District
10455 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, VA 22030

Date: July 4, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Every year the City of Fairfax has a day long celebration for the Fourth of July. The celebration is a salute to first responders, recognizing their contributions to the community. Starting off with a parade along the downtown historic district, the celebration also includes museum tours, an old-fashioned Fireman’s Day and of course fireworks. The Old-Fashioned Fireman’s Day consists of food, games and a firefighter competition. This is one of the most fun and community engaging community events of the year.

National Independence Day Parade
Constitution Ave. & 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(800) 395-2036

Date: July 4, 2015 at 11:45 a.m.

There seems to be a parade in the DC area every weekend. Of course, there are parades for every major national holiday, including for the Fourth of July. The National Independence Day Parade is one of the biggest parades of the year. The patriotic celebration features bands from around the nation; military bands, national dignitaries, drum corps, drill teams and more. Bring your family and friends down to the heart of country to celebrate the independence of the nation.

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The National Mall
900 Ohio Drive S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Date: July 4, 2015 at 9:10 p.m.

Fourth of July means fireworks, and there are a number of firework displays around the Washington, D.C. area on the big day. But the biggest one is on The National Mall. The national display attracts thousands of locals and tourists. Though the fireworks can be seen from various points in the DMV, there is something about watching them right on the mall. Make sure you get to the mall early enough to get a good spot for your group. And don’t forget about street closures.

Arlington’s July 4th Celebration
Long Bridge Park
475 Long Bridge Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 228-3329

Date: July 4, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Arlington throws one of the most fun Fourth of July events in the area. The annual July 4th celebration includes moon bounces, kickball, live music, face painting, games and a food truck rally. To make it accessible for all, the city provides free shuttles from nearby metro stations. Located at the beautiful Long Bridge Park, this family friendly event will feel like the official start of summer. And don’t worry about missing the fireworks – you can see the national fireworks from the park.

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