The nation’s capital is renowned for its historical significance, iconic landmarks, and vibrant festivities, making it an unforgettable destination to commemorate America’s Independence Day on Tuesday, July 49th, 2023. From dazzling fireworks displays to parades and a variety of cultural events, Washington, DC, offers an immersive experience that captures the essence of this national holiday. Join us as we explore the best ways to enjoy your 4th of July celebrations in Washington, DC.
Celebrate the 4th of July in DC
Watch the Fireworks
Each year, the National Park Service and other partners work together to host an incredible fireworks display for Independence Day in DC. On July 4, 2023, people can come to the National Mall to watch the extravagant fireworks show among the capital’s most iconic monuments and memorials.
Some of the best viewing options for the fireworks include:
The National Mall
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
As well as other locations in DC and Virginia as well
If you’re interested in learning about the memorials and viewing spots, check out our educational and fun tours here and read more about the fireworks and other tips, safety, and scheduling information here.
Attend the Parade
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! Read more about performers, how to stream, and where to go here.
Enjoy the Capitol Fourth Concert
On July Fourth, A Capitol Fourth, America’s National Independence Day celebration, honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute. For over 40 years, this television event, featuring a parade of superstars — including Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and the Muppets from Sesame Street — has offered the best in American entertainment and helped set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party. The concert will begin at 8:00 PM on July 4th, 2023. Read more about the event here.
Visit the Monuments
Planning a trip to DC may be overwhelming, so for a simple and fun way to learn about the city and its various incredible landmarks, consider taking a tour to learn about the iconic monuments and memorials in a stress-free way! This is the perfect way to supplement your Fourth of July celebrations in DC. Our narrated tour goes down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol and through the heart of the National Mall where you can see various monumental landmarks, memorials, and other sites that show the interesting details of the nation’s capital. Schedule a day or night tour here to see the beautiful sites of our nation’s capital this 4th of July weekend!