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      How Are You Celebrating America’s 243rd Birthday?

      What better place to celebrate America's birthday than the nation’s capital? Washington, DC is home to some of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the country. We observe the holiday with plenty of events including the Independence Day Parade, the Nationals baseball game, and of course watching the epic fireworks display on the National Mall.

      New this year, we've created a Getting to the Fireworks Guide that highlights how to best access all the celebrations by walking, biking, and/or taking public transit. Similar to our popular Getting to the Blossoms Guide, it's sure to be your favorite resource to get around town! It's available for FREE download.

      Here are some suggested activities to celebrate on July 4th:

      Learn the History of Independence Day

      Time: 10am – 11am

      Location: National Archives

      This dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence features costumed interpreters who portray historical characters including Abigail Adams, John Adams, John Dunlap, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

      Metro Stations:

      • Archives-Navy Memorial (Green and Yellow Lines)

      Capital Bikeshare Stations:

      • 10th St & Constitution Ave NW
      • 8th & D St NW

      Enjoy America’s Pastime at Nationals Park

      Time: 11:05am

      Location: Nationals Park

      The Washington Nationals annually play at Nationals Park on Independence Day, holding an early game to accommodate the activities held throughout the city the rest of the day. This year, the Nats will take on the division rival Miami Marlins. Expect an exciting game and a lively atmosphere at Nats Park for the early holiday game.

      Metro Stations:

      • Navy Yard-Ballpark (Green Line)

      Capital Bikeshare Stations:

      • 1st & N St SE
      • 1st & M St SE
      • Potomac Ave & Half St SW

      Cheer at the National Independence Day Parade

      Time: 11:45am – 2pm

      Location: Constitution Avenue

      Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrians, drill teams, and more celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic parade.

      Metro Stations:

      • Archives-Navy Memorial (Green and Yellow Lines)
      • Federal Triangle (Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines)

      Capital Bikeshare Stations:

      • 10th St & Constitution Ave NW
      • 14th & D St NW/Ronald Reagan Building
      • 15th St & Constitution Ave NW
      • 18th & C St NW
      • 19th St & Constitution Ave NW

      Entertainment at the Capitol Fourth Concert

      Time: 8pm – 9:30pm

      Location: US Capitol West Lawn

      Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra, A Capital Fourth honors our nation’s 243rd birthday with an all-star salute of the best in American entertainment. Gates open at 3pm.

      Metro Stations:

      • Capitol South (Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines)
      • Union Station (Red Line)

      Capital Bikeshare Stations:

      • Constitution Ave & 2nd St NW/DOL
      • Washington & Independence Ave SW/HHS

      Watch the Fireworks Display

      Time: 9:07pm – 9:27pm

      Independence Day culminates with a spectacular firework display over the National Mall. The fireworks will be launched from West Potomac Park and visible from many locations across DC and Northern Virginia. The fireworks will be cancelled in case of heavy rain, thunderstorms, or high winds.

      Multiple Metro Stations and Capital Bikeshare Stations in the downtown core will provide access to the fireworks display. Download our FREE Getting to the Fireworks Guide to help you navigate downtown.


      WRITTEN BY: goDCgo

      goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) that encourages the use of sustainable transportation. We provide complimentary transit resources and consulting services to DC organizations and commuters. Our goal serves to decrease traffic congestion, improve air quality and create a better quality of life in the DC area.

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