Celebrate Freedom!

It’s the biggest holiday in the Nation’s Capital! In addition to events on the National Mall, visitors can celebrate with special activities at Frederick Douglass’s Cedar Hill estate in Anacostia, or enjoy the fireworks from a number of national parks in and around the city.

Fireworks above the National Mall

Schedule of Events

Check out Independence Day events at national parks throughout the area.

A map of the National Mall area for the Fourth of July


Detailed maps of the National Mall area for the Fourth of July

A Park Ranger staying hydrated during the event by drinking water


An overview of safety procedures and guidelines for the Fourth of July event.

A listing with images of Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items

A list of prohibited items and recommendations for the event

Park Rangers preparing for the event

Making It Happen

Details on the National Park Service and the behind the scenes work that makes the Fourth of July possible.

Drum and Fife re-enactors playing at the World War II Memorial

History of Independence Day

A detailed history of the origin of Independence Day.

Last updated: June 7, 2018


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