Celebrate at the National Archives
This is where the Declaration of Independence is on display at. What better way to celebrate the birth of American than by doing so at the place where the birth of America is on display? Afterwards, head over to one of the nearby parks to catch the fireworks.
Official National Independence Day Parade
Head on down to Constitution Avenue to catch the national parade. Expect quite a show and VIPs as this is the official parade of America. The parade starts at 11:45 and takes place between 7th and 17th Streets on Constitution Avenue.
A Capitol 4th
Find a seat on the West Lawn of the US Capitol and experience A Capitol Fourth. The concert is known for it’s number of musical acts and performance of the 1812 Overture during the Grand Finale of the fireworks launched from over the Capitol Mall. Gates open at 3 pm, though you’ll want to arrive early.
Fireworks with a Gourmet Meal by the River
The riverfront is home to several excellent restaurants with tables that provide a commanding view of the harbor, and the fireworks show. You’ll want to make reservations early because tables are sure to fill up.
Cool Off at Georgetown Waterfront Park
The park, which is operated by the National Park Service, features a large number of water features, and shady labyrinths to beat the heat with. After a day of splashing and keeping cool, grab a spot on the stadium-style steps for excellent views of the fireworks that are hard to beat.
Party All Night at the National Air & Space Museum
This weekend the National Air & Space Museum is reopening its permanent exhibit, Boeing Milestones of Flight. On Friday evening, the museum will remain open from 8 pm to 8 am, giving you an opportunity to experience the museum that’s not likely to happen again.
Ring in the 4th of July at Mt. Vernon
Celebrate this Independence Day at the historic home of George Washington. Listen to Revolution War-era music and enjoy colonial-style ice cream. Then stick around for a special daytime fireworks show.
Whatever your plans are this weekend, please be safe and enjoy the memories you have with your family. Happy Birthday America!