What could be better than celebrating the nation’s birthday in its capital? Independence Day is Uncle Sam’s chance to shine. And Washington, DC, knows how to shine, with a red, white and blue program called A Capitol Fourth that will keep visitors happy all day. Best of all: Everything is free.
The holiday begins Wednesday morning with a 4th of July parade featuring marching bands, floats, military units and VIPs; next on the agenda is “A Capitol Fourth,” an Independence Day tradition on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building that includes a live concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.
The concert is followed at 9:45 p.m. by fireworks, which are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.