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

Celebrate the nation's birthday in the capital! Find parks to visit and special events, like the Salute to America, parade, and fireworks.

4th of July 2019 Map


Find your way around town and to the Independence Day events on the National Mall on July 4.

A Park Ranger staying hydrated during the event by drinking water


Enjoy the festivities while staying safe. Check an overview of safety procedures and guidelines for the Fourth of July events.

A listing with images of Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items

Know before you go. Check a list of prohibited items for the Fireworks Display, section of the parade route, and Salute to America.

Family holding a cutout of the NPS arrowhead

Social Media & Alerts

Share your DC Fourth of July experience on social media! Stay informed with alerts and fun-facts about the DC monuments.

Metro train on a bridge over a river

Plan Your Visit

Find information to plan your trip around town on July 4, including directions, closures, security, and safety tips.

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

History of Independence Day

Learn the history of why the nation celebrates our Independence Day on July 4 each year.

Last updated: July 4, 2019


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