4th of July in Washington DC
Celebrate July 4th in one of the world’s most enchanting destinations – Washington, DC. The National Mall, with DC’s majestic monuments and the U. S. Capitol in the background, creates a powerful and patriotic backdrop to America’s Independence Day festivities. Starting with a parade down Constitution Avenue, the all-day event in our nation’s capital culminates with a spectacular fireworks show that illuminates the Washington Monument.
Get into the spirit of Washington, DC at the wonderful 4th of July celebrations that honor our history and freedom. Grab a blanket, lounge on the grassy lawn at the U.S. Capital and gaze at the night skies exploding with color. Spectacular views of the fireworks can be seen from anywhere along the National Mall, as well as East Potomac Park, rooftop bars around DC, the rooftop of the W Hotel and aboard a cruise on the Potomac River.
Get out and honor America’s independence at fun 4th of July events in Washington, DC:
4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall – Launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, this amazing fireworks display lights up the night sky over the National Mall and Washington Monument. The fireworks start at dark around 9:15.
A Capitol Fourth Concert – Enjoy a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and pop artists performing patriotic music on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. The concert is followed by fireworks over the Washington Monument.
Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade – See floats, marching bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIP’s marching down Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th streets
4th of July at the National Archives – Enjoy family programs and activities celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives Building.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival – The annual event features music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, and storytelling that share living cultural heritage.
Best Places to View the National Mall Fireworks
- U.S. Capitol
- Lincoln Memorial
- Jefferson Memorial
- FDR Memorial
- East Potomac Park
- Rooftop Bars in Washington DC
- Rooftop of the W Hotel (tickets required)
- Anywhere along the National Mall between 14th Street and the Capitol
- Aboard a cruise along the Potomac River (tickets required)
Spectacular views of the fireworks can also be seen from the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Arlington, Virginia near the Rosslyn Metro station and areas along the Virginia side of the Potomac River that can be reached from George Washington Memorial Parkway. You may park at the Gravelly Point parking lot, which is about a quarter mile from the 14th Street Bridge. Another great place to watch the fireworks is from the Air Force Memorial on Columbia Pike. New this year, an all day festival will be held at Long Bridge Park in Arlington providing a new location to view the National Mall fireworks.