There’s no better place to spend July 4th than in Washington, DC! As our nation’s capital, DC was the front row seat to the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, and it continues to be the most popular place to celebrate Independence Day today.
There are countless parties, concerts, and patriotic festivities happening all over DC on the 4th of July, but we wanted to highlight just a few.
- The National Mall is the best spot for viewing the fireworks, thanks to its large open spaces and beautiful backdrop of national monuments. Come early to claim your spot; the National Mall is one of the most popular fireworks-watching areas in the city.
- The West Lawn of US Capitol has a great view of the fireworks as they shoot over the iconic building.
- On the Potomac River, you’ll have an amazing view of the fireworks if you opt for a stylish dinner cruise.
Best Places to Experience America’s History
- The National Museum of American History is a great place to start! On display are all kinds of artifacts and exhibits about America’s independence, including a 19th-century statue of George Washington, the actual star-spangled banner, and the desk that Thomas Jefferson used to write the Declaration of Independence.
- The National Archives not only has original copies of founding documents on display, it’s also celebrating July 4th with a live reading of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances on the Constitution Avenue steps, and kids’ activities inside the building.
- Tour the National Portrait Gallery and take a step into history. The “America’s Presidents” exhibit (temporarily located on the second floor) and the “American Origins” exhibit showcase paintings and plaques that will give you a unique peek into American history.
- Along Constitution Avenue during the National Independence Day Parade, you’ll be able to hear dozens of fife and drum corps and bands as they march past.
- The Capitol’s West Lawn is a great place to hear the music and watch the fireworks. A Capitol Fourth is a longtime DC tradition featuring a lineup of well-known musicians, the National Symphony Orchestra, and one unforgettable performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” followed by a spectacular fireworks show.
You’ll Love Living in Washington, DC!
There’s always something happening in our nation’s capital, and not just during Independence Day. From energetic nightlife in Adams Morgan to the popular attractions in Woodley Park, you can enjoy your favorite activities in Washington, DC and in DC’s popular neighborhoods.