USA! USA! USA!
Phew- now that we’ve gotten that out of our system (yes, we are in World Cup mode), we’d like to share with you some of our favorite picks for Fourth of July activities in good ole’ Washington!
1. Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade
A terrific daytime celebration, the July 4th Parade starts around 11:45am, and travels down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets. This patriotic parade will include a variety of bands, drum corps, floats, balloons, and hundreds of happy spectators- you should be one of them!
2. Visit the National Archives
Looking for a splendid way to celebrate America’s birthday? Visit the National Archives to see where it all began! From 10am-5:30pm on July 4th, the Archives will be open (for free!) to the public and displaying our nation’s most important preserved documents, along with a special ceremony and many family-friendly activities.
3. A Capitol Fourth Concert
What could be better than Fireworks in DC? Fireworks AND an amazing concert! A Capitol Fourth is an annual event that takes place on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building. Performers this year will include Frankie Valli, John Williams, and Patti Labelle- talk about a star spangled Birthday!
4. Fireworks on the National Mall
The main event! Launched from the Reflecting Pool area, this spectacle is not to be missed. Arrive early to get through security and stake out some spots around the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool. (And start practicing your “oohs” and “ahhs” now!)
5. Explore Some Off-the-Mall Spots
Bike and Roll DC’s tours will be closed for Independence Day, but you can still rent a bike at any of our DC locations (open 9am-5pm) and cruise around some lesser-visited neighborhoods (or the top 10 FREE sites) and trails to celebrate all of the things that make DC so… well… DC!