Things to Do

The nation's capital is an exicting place to be during the week of July 4th. Join the many patriotic festivities taking place in honor of Independence Day, visit the nation's memorials dedicated to those who served our country, or enjoy recreational opportunities in one of the many DC area national parks.

Fireworks over the Washington Monument

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The 2022 annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, co-sponsored by the National Park Service, highlights the culture of the United Arab Emirates and Earth Optimism. The festival will be open on the National Mall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. between 7th and 12th Streets. For more information, please visit: www.festival.si.edu or call 202-633-6440.

National Independence Day Parade

Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America's birthday! 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. along Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW. For additional information, visit www.july4thparade.com.

Sylvan Theater Family Activity Area

Did you know the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on Independence Day in 1848? Visit the Sylvan Theater Family Activity Area on the southeast grounds of the monument for activities about the history of the city’s most famous monument. You can also complete your Independence Day Junior Ranger booklet full of family-friendly, fun activities to earn a special Junior Ranger badge! Stop by from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Independence Day.

A Capitol Fourth Concert

Join host Mickey Guyton and performances by Darren Criss, Yolanda Adams, Andy Grammer, Gloria Gaynor, Keb' Mo', Emily Bear and Loren Allred with the National Symphony Orchestra for this star-studded salute to Independence Day. A Capitol Fourth returns live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol this year. Gates open at 3 p.m. More at www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth.

Fireworks on the National Mall

The National Park Service will once again host the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration on the National Mall, the nation’s most important civic space and home to more than a dozen memorials that commemorate great Americans and significant events in our nation’s history. The display will be held on Monday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m. and will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.



Additional details for attending the July 4 fireworks display, including access points along the National Mall, prohibited items and road closures, will be released later this month. Complete information and updates on the Independence Day celebration can be found at www.nps.gov/foju.

Find Ranger Programs in DC Area Parks

Visiting DC for your July 4th holiday or looking for something to do in the local area? Set the calendar to July to check out ranger programs and more July 4th events at national parks throughout the DC area happening around or on Independence Day.

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    Special Events

    Join the festivities in Washington, DC, including the Independence Day Parade, Fireworks Display, and the Salute to America.

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    Plan Your Visit

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

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    Social Media & Alerts

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

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    Photos and Multimedia

    View photos and videos of Independence Day festivities and preparations on the National Mall.

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    History of Independence Day

    Take a moment to reflect on why millions of Americans gather for celebrations across the country on July 4th every year.

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    Making the Fourth Happen

    Ever wonder what it takes to put on a show for Independence Day in the nation's capital? Learn more about behind the scenes.

Last updated: June 26, 2022

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