The most popular way to celebrate the 4th in D.C. is the National Independence Day Parade. Drum corps, military servicemen and women, crazy floats, VIPS, souvenirs, and other fun things dotting the streets. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. and is held between 7th and 17th streets.
Of course, the only event to rival the National Independence Day Parade are the Fireworks on the Mall! Now, be forewarned, this event can get CRAZY PACKED. So crazy, in fact, that over the years people have discovered other places to watch the fireworks where the crowds are a little less crazy. You can catch a great view at:
- The National Cathedral
- Lincoln Memorial
- Anacostia Park
- East Potomac Park (West Potomac Park also works!)
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Check out the National Archives for live reenactments, special artifacts on view, and see the original Declaration of Independence! There will be special extended hours, and the Archives will be open from 10am-7pm.
The Capitol Fourth Concert will also be in full-swing starting at 3pm. Stop by the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and catch acts like The Beach Boys, Kellie Pickler, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Food & Drink Specials
Catch up at the presidential Teddy & the Bully Bar with all day, complete with all-American Bottomless BBQ with themed cocktails, and mega beer specials.
Jack Rose will be having their annual AmeriCAN DRINKdepedence Day with $4 can specials, $5 drafts, and half-priced apps all day, even through the fireworks.
Cotton and Reed is teaming up with the No Kings Collective for a city BBQ – which includes a freaking water slide. It will be hosted in the insta-famous parking lot of the Collective’s now infamous “Work it, Girl” mural. Stop by for rum cocktails, music, the waterslide, and BBQ.