Start your Fourth of July with a bang by attending the National Independence Day Parade and other patriotic festivities in the Nation’s Capitol. The parade kicks off at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW. It features marching bands from all over the country, colorful floats, and VIPs. Then, plan on spending the rest of your day downtown before you view the fireworks later that evening.
There are numerous happenings in the Mall area and elsewhere to keep you entertained while you await nightfall. You can check out any of the Smithsonian Museums or visit The Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The Festival is set up on the National Mall and runs from June 25 to June 29 and July 2 to July 6. Admission is free.
If you plan ahead you can watch the fireworks while enjoying a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Washington. For additional information call 866-302-2469 or make reservations on line.
Later that evening, share an experience of a lifetime with your family and friends as you sit beneath the stars, and enjoy the 90 minute A Capitol Fourth Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol from 8 – 9:30 p.m. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Admission gates open at 3:00 p.m. Arrive early. Bring food and water. Alcohol is not allowed. Checkpoints will be set up and guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. The gates are located at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. The explosion of colorful fireworks begins lighting up the night sky around 9:15 p.m.
Aside from the National Mall, the fireworks can be seen from numerous other places including the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Pentagon.
And while you are in town schedule an Angelic Luxury Tour so that you can see more of the sights in our wonderful city in the near future.
Note: There will be numerous closures and controlled access on streets throughout the Mall area on July 4th, so visitors are strongly encouraged to use public transportation to attend the festivities.