Start July 4th in DC with America’s National Independence Day Parade. Obviously it’s going to get warm, okay hot, during the day so make your way into one of the many Smithsonian Museums. Refresh yourself and your memory on all the facts you learned in school. After soaking up some cold AC and information on our Nation’s History, make your way to the perfect location to watch the Capital’s Firework show.
America’s National Independence Day Parade takes place annually on July 4th at 11:45 am in Washington, D.C., on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street before a street audience of hundreds of thousands of spectators. The Parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants. The Parade is a major national event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday. It is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America’s birthday!
The enormous DC firework celebration is set to start at 9:15pm, weather permitting. If you haven’t seen the 4th of July Fireworks celebrated on our National Mall, you should make it this year! It’s one of those things that was on my Bucket List for years. Click here for a link to last years National Fireworks.
If you are still looking for the best place to view the fireworks the night of July 4th, we have done the homework for you. Just a tip, leave 30 minutes earlier to get to your location and plan your exit route accordingly.
- The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) Arlington, VA
- The National Mall
- Washington Monument
- Lincoln Memorial
- Capitol West Lawn and Steps
- POV of the W Hotel (must purchase tickets)