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Washington 4th of July Parade, Fireworks & Events 2024

There's no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than Washington, D.C.

Dates: July 4

Washington 4th of July Parade,  Fireworks & Events
Washington 4th of July Parade,  Fireworks & Events
Washington 4th of July Parade,  Fireworks & Events
Washington 4th of July Parade,  Fireworks & Events

If you happen to be in Washington on July 4th, consider yourself lucky. You can see the Declaration of Independence in the National Archives, attend an Independence Day parade, and finally see the legendary A Capitol Fourth concert, which ends with a spectacular pyrotechnic show.

Capitol Fourth Concert (July 4, 2024)

This free annual concert is held on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building, featuring military bands, classical music orchestras, and celebrity pop and rock artists. Past performers included Boys II Men, Belinda Carlisle, Gloria Gaynor, Trace Adkins, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, and others. This colorful mix of genres ends with spectacular fireworks over the capital's famous monuments. The concert runs from 8 to 9:30 pm.

National Independence Day Parade (July 4, 2024)

America’s National Independence Day Parade can be observed along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets. Fife and drum corps, acting military servicemen and women, colorful floats, giant balloons, equestrian units, drill teams, and much entertainment start at 11:45 am. The National Archives Building locates limited seating for the parade. Crowds of spectators tend to get thinner towards the end of the parade route. Those who will not be able to attend the event have the opportunity to watch The Parade on the official website after the completion of the event.

July 4th Fireworks on the National Mall (July 4, 2024)

Fireworks are among the greatest things about Independence Day celebrations, which can be observed from several spots. You can watch them on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, from the National Mall, or from another side of the Potomac River in Arlington. The fireworks show is quite long and usually starts at 9 pm.

Independence Day at Mount Vernon (July 4, 2024)

If you are a history fan, the 4th of July is a good occasion to visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, which is located about a 30-minute drive from the city. During this special day, you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Founding Fathers' time. The trip can be educational for children, who get to meet George Washington, listen to Revolutionary War music, and try Colonial-style ice cream. The celebration, which runs from 9 am to 5 pm, also includes a special daytime 4th of July fireworks display.

Old Town Alexandria Fireworks (July 4 and 8, 2024)

Alexandria, VA, located 8 miles from Washington, is the perfect spot to celebrate Independence Day with various activities, savor beer and barbecue flavors, and much more. Also, guests can feast on Alexandria’s birthday on July 8, with a performance and fireworks in Old Town.

Laurel 4th of July Celebration (July 4, 2024)

Laurel, located midway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, has a busy schedule of Independence Day celebrations every year. The place and guests have the opportunity to have an alluring and fun time by visiting a parade, car show, family games, live performances, or flag raising ceremony. The celebration always ends with a spectacular fireworks display, which begins approximately at 9:15 pm.

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