Celebrate The 4th Of July At The National Mall
What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than in our nation’s capital? Come out to the National Mall on July 4th for an all-day celebration that includes the National Independence Day Parade, a concert on the West Lawn, and an awe-inspiring firework show! It’s sure to a fantastic time for all. Get the details below so you can plan to attend.
National Independence Day Parade
The day’s events kick off at 11:45 a.m. with the largest 4th of July parade in the country. The parade will begin at the corner of Constitution Ave NW and 7th St. NW and will end at the corner of Constitution Ave NW and 17th St NW – a total of one mile in length.
There will be seating along the parade route, as well as some on the steps of the National Archive Building. However, you may have better visibility towards the end of the parade at 17th St. NW. The parade is scheduled to end at 2 p.m. If you’re unable to attend, you can watch a video of the parade on YouTube at 5 p.m.
For bands, choirs, dance teams, and others who are interested in marching in the parade, you can apply here.
A Capitol Fourth: Live Music & Entertainment
For over three decades, A Capitol Fourth has featured some of the best talent in the states celebrating our great nation. Past concerts have included notable superstars like Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Steve Martin, and the muppets from Sesame Street. The event takes place on the West Lawn and is free and open to the public.
This year’s concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will last until 9:30. If you can’t make the show, you can watch the live stream on Facebook, YouTube, or the PBS website. The show will also be broadcast on PBS after the end of the event.
If you plan to attend, be sure to familiarize yourself with some of the frequently asked questions so you’re up to date on the rules of attendance.
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Fireworks On The National Mall
To close out the celebration, come witness the most spectacular fireworks show you’ll ever see! Once the sun has set (usually around 9:09 p.m.), the night sky will light up with a brilliant, colorful display of fireworks launched from the Reflecting Pool area. The show is scheduled to last 17 minutes and will be visible from many locations all over Washington D.C. and Virginia.
If you want to view the show up close at the National Mall, be sure to arrive early. You may want to consider wearing some sort of hearing protection, as the fireworks will be quite loud.
When it’s all said and done with, swing by Safford Alfa Romeo of Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia and tell us how you enjoyed the event!