6 Ways to Celebrate July 4th in the DC Area

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Many of our area’s annual fireworks displays and other public gatherings are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, July 4th celebrations, are slowly returning to normal. Here are six ways you can celebrate our nation’s 245th birthday in DC. Whatever you do, we hope you have fun with your family while staying safe and healthy.

Fairfax City 55th Annual Independence Day Celebration

July 3rd at 10am
July 4th at 6:30pm
Kick off Independence Day weekend at this 55th annual parade on July 3rd. There will be marching bands, parade balloons, floats, and clowns. See the website for information regarding the parade route and continue the celebration on July 4th with music and dancing. A fireworks display will begin when it gets dark.

Washington Nationals vs. LA Dodgers

July 3rd at 7:15pm
July 4th at 11:05am
Take the family out to the ball game! Cheer on the 2019 MLB champs as they take on the most recent team to hold the title. The game on July 3rd will include “Freedom Fireworks.” The game on July 4th begins at 11:05, leaving plenty of time for late afternoon and evening festivities.

“An American Celebration” at Mount Vernon

July 4th from 9am – 5pm
Celebrate America’s independence at Mount Vernon. There will be several activities to enjoy such as a Revolutionary War Military Demonstration, meeting George Washington, daytime fireworks, and observing a naturalization ceremony. Purchase tickets in advance and check out the schedule of events and familiarize yourself with COVID protocols online.

Barracks Row Parade

July 4th from 10am – 11am
This annual Hill tradition is back! Families will once again celebrate Independence Day as a community, watching floats, marching groups, and more as they parade down 8th Street, SE. Attendees are asked to follow all updated CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

A Capitol Fourth

July 4th from 8pm – 9:30pm
America’s national Independence Day celebration will once again honor July 4th with an all-star salute which will broadcast on PBS. 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. However, this year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience, featuring Vanessa Williams a as host. The program will feature performances including Jimmy Buffet, Cynthia Erivo, Alan Jackson, Pentatonix, Gladys Knight, and many more, ending with the annual fireworks display over the National Mall.

Fireworks on the National Mall

July 4th at 9:09pm
Celebrate the nation’s 245th birthday by viewing this annual fireworks display that will launch from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Please refer to the NPS website for more information about road closures, prohibited items, directions, etc. If you don’t want to head to the Mall, there are other areas of town where you can find good views of the fireworks. Additional spots to enjoy the fireworks are: the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial; Columbia Island/Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove; and Gravelly Point (north of Reagan National Airport).

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