Unsurprisingly, our nation’s capital has a wealth of activities celebrating Independence Day. So many, in fact, that the real problem for those of us in the DC area might be making up our kinds on what to do. Fortunately for you, GovLoop has combed through the numerous events and many places to see fireworks to bring you this list of the best Fourth of July activities. Read on and plan your perfect holiday!
- National Independence Day Parade
This parade starts at 11:45 am and runs until 2 pm, so you’ve got plenty of time to catch some or all of it. The route is along Constitution Avenue from 7th street to 17th street. Click here to visit the official parade website.
- Fireworks on the National Mall
The mall itself is a great place to view them, but they can also be seen from less crowded vantage points—try one of the various memorials across the river in Arlington. Check out this list for a full rundown of the best spots to watch from.
- National Building Museum Summer Block Party
Looking for a block party without the heat and humidity? The National Building Museum’s Lawn exhibit will feature classic summer activities in its great hall. July 4th is the installation’s opening day; click here to visit the official website.
- Get Out of the City
Crowds and temperatures in the 90’s? Consider leaving the city for the fresh air and tranquility of nature. Harper’s Ferry National Park in West Virginia is only an hour away, and Maryland’s Great Falls is even closer. Personal fireworks are allowed in West Virginia, just remember that GovLoop always encourages safety and responsibility.
- Get on the Water
The Anacostia and Potomac rivers offer a way to beat the heat, watch the fireworks, and enjoy your favorite watersports. Rent a kayak, take a dinner cruise, or try not to fall off a paddleboard. Check out this list of ways to enjoy the water this Fourth!