July 4th celebrations, like pretty much everything else, will be very different this year. Most of our area’s annual fireworks displays and other public gatherings are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are four ways you can celebrate our nation’s 244th birthday. Whatever you do, we hope you have fun with your family while staying safe and healthy.
“An American Celebration” at Mount Vernon
8am – 5pm
Celebrate America’s independence at Mount Vernon. While the interior of the mansion is closed, there will be several outdoor activities available including a Revolutionary War Military Demonstration and General Washington’s address to guests. Please take note of Mount Vernon’s Safety Protocols. Capacity is limited, so purchase tickets online in advance.
11am – 5pm
Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration. For 50 years, the Archives has celebrated the founding of the United States with a traditional reading ceremony of the Declaration of Independence on the Museum steps. This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family. All July 4th activities are free and available online to the public. Registration for the education programs is required to participate in the interactive portions of the activities with the historical reenactors.
A Capitol Fourth
8pm – 9:30pm
America’s national Independence Day celebration will once again honor July 4th with an all-star salute. The concert will air on PBS at 8pm and will be live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and the event’s website. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live A Capitol Fourth will not be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience to ensure the health and safety of all involved. It will be co-hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams and will feature new performances from iconic locations across the country as well as highlights from the concert’s forty-year history.
Salute to America
As of June 30th, the White House has not released details of its July 4th celebration. However, we can expect “music, military demonstrations, and flyovers.” The fireworks display over the National Mall is scheduled to begin at 9:07pm. The event schedule, attendance details, and launch location are still unreleased, so check the website for details.