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Fourth of July in Washington DC is more than just a night of fireworks. The city’s iconic Independence Day celebrations draw visitors from all over the country, bringing them together to celebrate the nation’s independence in the capital city. Read on to find out how to celebrate the fourth of July in Washington DC! 

Washington DC 4th of July Events

A Capitol Fourth

The most well-known Washington DC 4th of July event is A Capitol Fourth. PBS broadcasts this event that features guests like Boyz II Men, Belinda Carlisle, The Muppets of Sesame Street, and more, hosted by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro. Join the festivities on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after 3 pm, or tune in to PBS anywhere for a live stream! 

Independence Day at Mount Vernon

Home to the first president of the nation, Mount Vernon goes all out for their fourth of July event. Beginning with George Washington “himself” inspecting the troops in the morning, this full day of festivities includes wreath-laying ceremonies, a performance by the National Concert Band, Revolutionary War music, 18th-century magic, and made-for-daytime fireworks over the Potomac River after noon. 

National Independence Day Parade

The National Independence Day Parade takes place on July fourth in Washington DC annually. The parade features celebrities, giant balloons, drill teams, military and special units, equestrians, national dignitaries, and other invited participants. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street to watch this fourth of July parade in Washington DC, so arrive early to secure your spot! 

Washington Nationals Baseball Game

The Washington Nationals play a game every fourth of July at National Park in Washington DC. This is an earlier game than usual, with its 11 am start time giving attendees ample opportunity for a full day of celebrations after the game. Kick off your fourth of July in Washington DC with America’s favorite pastime

Bright burning sparklers against American flag during Fourth of July in Washington DC

Fourth of July Fireworks Washington DC

A Capitol Fourth

Stick around after the famous Capitol Fourth concert for a fireworks display you’ll never forget. This fireworks show is visible from most of the city, and some of the best views can be found right on the West Lawn. Other popular viewing areas include the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. 

East Potomac Park

Head to East Potomac Park for great views of the Capitol Fourth fireworks display on the fourth of July. This is typically a quieter spot to watch the fireworks, and affords you the opportunity to watch the spectacular display without light interference. 

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon’s American Celebration will feature a full day of patriotic and historical activities, including a display of made-for-daytime fireworks over the beautiful Potomac River. How many chances do you get to see fireworks in the daytime, especially at the home of the nation’s first president? Don’t miss out on this Washington DC 4th of July celebration! 

Where to Stay in Washington DC

Wondering where to stay in Washington DC for the fourth of July? Look no further than Club Quarters Washington DC, White House for quick access to Washington DC’s fourth of July celebrations and comfortable, modern accommodations. Aptly named, this hotel is close to the city’s iconic monuments and puts guests within walking distance of the celebrations that many flock to see. Book now and get ready to celebrate the birthday of a lifetime! 

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